Death penalty for Australian over biker murder

An Australian man has been sentenced to death in Thailand for his role in the murder of a biker.

Antonio Bagnato, 28, was found guilty on Tuesday of killing Australian former Hells Angels member Wayne Schneider.

Schneider, one of New South Wales‘ 10-most-wanted fugitives in 2006, was abducted by masked men from his home in the Thai beachside town of Pattaya in 2015.

His naked body was found days later in a 2m (6ft) grave in the jungle.

Bagnato, a kickboxer and Schneider‘s former business partner, was convicted in the Pattaya Provincial Court of murder, deprivation of liberty and disposing of a body.

“The first defendant [Bagnato] is found guilty of all charges and according to the criminal code, the penalty is execution for the murder and deprivation of liberty, plus a year in prison for hiding the body,” Judge Sirichai Polkarn said according to the .


Hells Angels clawing their way into Asia

FEW outsiders get to see inside the Royal Thai Police force’s highly trained Arintaraj 26 Special Operations Unit, whose name means “the king who is above all enemies” and is modelled on the fearsome German police GSG9 created in the wake of the Munich Olympics crisis.

But News Corp Australia was invited to witness the elite show-of-force training and assault rehearsals that organised crime groups including Outlaw Motor Cycle Gang figures are now seeing.

“That’s the kill room,” an officer said pointing to a scarred two-storey building into which heavily armed balaclava-clad troops rapidly shuffle through with their weapons on aim as they yell commands and encouragements to each other.

It’s a sure sign things are getting serious.


"Clipping the Wings of the Angels" - eight Hells Angels arrested in Pattaya as "threat to Thai society"

A huge police operation swooped on five locations in the Pattaya area and arrested eight Hells Angels members.


They all face at least expulsion from Thailand and possibly a lot more after police claimed they were a threat to Thai society and discovered a cache of guns, knives and ammunition. 


Two cars were also seized in the raids at housing estates across Bang Lamung and Nong Prue.


The operation was mounted by the tourist police headed by chief Surachet Hakpan who has been tasked by the Thai government to clear up the foreign trash masquerading as tourists.


Surachet's men were assisted by 191 special branch, drugs suppression officers and cops from the Pattaya and Nong Prue stations who all appeared at tourist police HQ yesterday to announce the news.



Hells Angels: Founding member of Thai chapter bashed as Australian bikies take over 'dark business'

"Sin" smiles a lot for a man who — until recently — was the Hells Angels enforcer in Thailand.

Key points:

  • Former Thai Hells Angel Thaksin "Sin" Monthonthaksin says he was bashed by three Australian bikies
  • He says Australians are moving the club into illegal activity
  • Thai drug cops say they are monitoring the Angels as a "well-known crime group"


Thaksin "Sin" Monthonthaksin was one of the founders of the outlaw motorcycle club's Pattaya branch a year ago.

But now he is worried about the direction it is taking.

"It's changed so much because there are many Australians, whose roles and power has been increasing," Mr Thaksin told the ABC.

Charity rides and oversized cheques are being replaced with what he describes as "dark business".

This struggle for power within the club came to a violent climax earlier this month.


Aussie bikie arrested in Thailand

A Western Australian man, who is alleged to be a member of the Bandidos motorbike gang in Thailand, has been arrested on charges of extortion and threatening violence in the north of the country.

Derek Paul Gibson and Dutch man, Adrianus van Gool were arrested in Chiang Mai department store car park late last week, after police were told by another Australian man they were threatening to kill his family over unpaid debt-recovery fees.

The Australian informant, known only as Sandler in Thai media reports, said he met Gibson and van Gool at coffee shop late last year.

During the meeting he complained his business partner had defrauded him out of a substantial amount of money invested in a failed restaurant.

Sandler told police he didn't order Gibson or van Gool to recover the debt but rather to warn the former business partner to repay the outstanding funds.


Australian Antonio Bagnato sentenced to death in Thailand over Hells Angel murder

Bangkok: Australian man Antonio Bagnato has been found guilty and sentenced to death by a Thai court for his role in the 2015 abduction and murder of Hells Angels gang member Wayne Schneider.

Antonio Bagnato, 28, was charged over the abduction and killing of Schneider, a former Hells Angel bikie, at a villa complex in the seaside resort of Pattaya, 150 kilometres from Bangkok, in 2015.

Australian man sentenced to death in Thailand

A Thai court has sentenced Australian man Antonio Bagnato to death for his role in the 2015 abduction and murder of Hells Angels gang member Wayne Schneider. Vision courtesy ABC News 24.

Bagnato, a kickboxer and one-time business associate of Schneider, had pleaded not guilty.


Aust witness sought in Thai bikie murder

An arrest warrant has been issued for an Australian man called as a defence witness following the murder of an Australian bikie gang leader in Thailand.

Douglas Shubridge has been called by the lawyers of 26 year old Antonio Bagnato, accused of murdering Hells Angels member, Wayne Rodney Schneider.

Schneider, 37, was abducted on November 30 from his rented villa in Pattaya, 150 kilometres southeast of Bangkok in an alleged dispute over money linked to drug trafficking.

Two days later his body was recovered by investigators from a shallow sandy grave in Chonburi province about 30 kilometres from his residence.

Bagnato and 21-year-old American Tyler Joseph Fulton Sheen have been charged with Schneider's killing, with the American arrested at a border crossing into Cambodia. Bagnato was arrested in a Phnom Penh hotel and extradited to Thailand.


Australian Hells Angels pay off assault victims after Thai bingle bashing

Two Australian members of the Hells Angels will still face criminal charges, despite handing over compensation to the men they assaulted in Thailand.

Key points:

  • Security footage shows three Australian men bashing a young Thai man
  • The Australians, two of whom are Hells Angels members, handed over money to the victims
  • Details of how the fight began are disputed, though it is believed the men hit a parked motorcycle with their car


Pattaya police said Daniel Anthony Stalley, 34 and John Lee, 43, handed themselves in at the weekend.

Security camera footage from 17 September shows three Australian men punching and kicking a young Thai man on the ground.

The graphic video shows one of the bikies holding the Thai man's head so the other attacker can kick him in the face.

The Thai man's brother was also injured in the attack. Both are in their mid-20s.


Hells Angels Beat Thai Man Senseless in Pattaya Street (VIDEO)

PATTAYA — Pattaya police are looking for members of the Hells Angels motorcycle gang who assaulted two Thai men Saturday in a road rage incident.

The attack, recorded on security camera footage, knocked Polrat Chartbutr unconscious and left his friend Nattapong Pooncharoen bruised. Pattaya City police chief Apichai Klobpetch said they expect to arrest them soon.

“We have their identities now. They are Australian nationals,” Apichai said Thursday without identifying their names. “They belong to a biker gang that has members around the world called Hells Angels.”

He said his department has notified Immigration Police.


“We believe we will have them soon,” he said.