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Comancheros slaying: Life sentence for 'main guy' in execution

(pics) --- The "main guy" in a South Auckland execution-style killing which may have been ordered by the Comanchero Motorcycle Club's top brass has been jailed for life.

Viliami Taani was sentenced to life imprisonment this morning in the High Court at Auckland by Justice Anne Hinton.

He will serve a minimum period of imprisonment of 17 years and 6 months. For attempted murder he was senteced to 11 years and 2 months, which will be served concurrently.

Justice Hinton said there had been a high level of callousness and brutality.

"I agree this was an execution-style killing."

Taani had shot Epalahame Tu'uheava and his wife Yolanda (Mele) Tu'uheava several times on April 30 last year in Māngere.

The fact Tu'uheava survived "was nothing short of miraculous", Justice Hinton said.

Wed
26
Jun
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Comanchero gang raids: Police want quick sale of luxury cars and Harley-Davidsons

The Commissioner of Police wants to sell luxury cars and Harley-Davidson motorbikes belonging to members of the Comanchero gang.

A Rolls Royce, three Land Rovers and five Harley-Davidson motorbikes were among $3.7 million assets seized by detectives during raids in April.

Police arrested six people in the raids that took place across Auckland.

As well as gang associates, police also charged a lawyer and an accountant, alleging they had helped the gang.

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May
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Police raid Melbourne properties linked to Comancheros bikie gang, arrest 14 people

 

Fourteen people have been arrested during a series of raids across Melbourne as part of a police investigation into blackmail, extortion and assaults linked to the Comancheros bikie gang.

Police in Melbourne executed warrants at 18 properties targeting the outlaw motorcycle gang (OMCG) early this morning.

They searched addresses across Melbourne's suburbs, including Gladstone Park, Thomastown, and Dallas in the north, and Hampton Park, Cranbourne North and Carrum Downs in the south-east.

Searches also took place at a factory in Epping and a licensed premises in Thomastown.

Investigators said the raids were connected to an investigation into a shooting at Greenvale on March 25 where a number of shots were fired into an empty car and garage.

Police said they had also been looking into allegations of blackmail and extortion linked to that shooting, as well as assault offences.

Thu
29
Mar
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Law firm Stanton Grant Legal taken over by authorities after bikie 'money laundering' raids

A Melbourne law firm raided by the Victoria Police anti-bikie taskforce last week has been seized from its partners and placed in the hands of a manager chosen by the legal regulator.

South Melbourne firm Stanton Grant Legal was one of dozens of homes and businesses raided as part of an investigation into alleged money laundering by the Comacheros outlaw motorcycle gang.

The Legal Services Board has now appointed Howard Rapke, a managing partner at the law firm Holding Redlich, as manager of Stanton Grant Legal, giving him control of the day-to-day running of the firm.

Mr Rapke confirmed the appointment, but told the ABC he could not comment on why the board had installed him and how long he would have control of the practice.

The board can install a manager if it feels the interests of a firm's clients need safeguarding.

Wed
28
Mar
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Bikie boss Mick Murray jailed for refusing to aid authorities

(video)---COMANCHEROS outlaw bikie boss Michael Murray has been jailed for contempt, after refusing to co-operate with Victorian authorities, saying “I’m not a dog”.

The 40-year-old was hauled before Victoria’s chief examiner to be quizzed about four serious alleged offences in March last year.

FEARS FOR JAILED COMANCHEROS BOSS AS BIKIES’ FEUD RAMPS UP

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Feb
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The untold story of the Comanchero: How slain boss Mahmoud 'Mick' Hawi seized control of Australia's most notorious bikie gang at just 21 by BASHING its old-school founder and turning it into a high-tech Middle Eastern crime empire

  • The Comanchero bikie gang was founded by former soldier Jock Ross in 1966 
  • The gang was involved in a fatal gun battle with the Bandidos at Milperra in 1984
  • In the late 1990s Middle Eastern members began to fill the Comanchero ranks 
  • Mahmoud 'Mick' Hawi took over the Comanchero after viciously assaulting Ross 
  • Hawi was involved in a fatal 2009 brawl with Hells Angels at Sydney Airport 
  • The 37-year-old father-of-two was shot dead outside at Rockdale gym last week 
 

The history of the Comanchero motorcycle club covers half a century but can be told through the stories of just two violent men: Mahmoud 'Mick' Hawi and Jock Ross.

Ross was the gruff Glasgow-born former soldier who founded the club on the New South Wales Central Coast with four other motorcycle enthusiasts on April 15, 1966.

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Feb
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'Stronger and stronger' - Australia's most dangerous gang the Comancheros open New Zealand chapter

Police say it was "inevitable" the Comanchero gang would open a chapter in New Zealand after 14 patched members deported from Australia.

Musclebound and riding gold-plated motorcycles, Australia's most dangerous gang have made a bold statement about "growing stronger and stronger" in New Zealand.

There have been 14 patched members of the Comancheros - whose former president Mick Hawi was gunned down in cold blood this week - deported to New Zealand under harsh immigration laws introduced in Australia.

They are among the hundreds of deportees, nicknamed "501s" because of the section of the immigration law created by Australian politician Peter Dutton, removed on "good character" grounds and sent to New Zealand where they were born.

Sat
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Jan
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Comancheros bikie boss jailed as police get tough on gangs

(video)--THE most powerful outlaw bikie in the nation has been secretly jailed.

Comancheros national president Mick Murray was spotted in cuffs last week being placed in a prison van.

COMANCHEROS BIKIE JAILED FOR ARSON ATTACK ON KITTENS STRIP CLUB

TWO MEN TO FRONT COURT OVER ALLEGED EXTORTION INVOLVING COMANCHEROS

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Dec
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Concern over new Comanchero gang chapter in New Zealand

The arrival of what appears to be a new biker gang in New Zealand is causing concern in local communities.

The Comanchero Motorcycle Club was formed in Sydney in 1968 - its name was inspired by a John Wayne movie - and also has chapters in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Spain.  

But a posting on the 'Gangs of New Zealand' Facebook page suggests the Comancheros have now spread across the Tasman.

Comanchero gang patch. Photo credit: Getty.

"Comanchero New Zealand, making moves here in Aotearoa, respect," says the post, which features a photo of Comanchero New Zealand branding.

Thu
30
Nov
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Bikie gang member to face Bathurst court on counterfeit charges

A MEMBER of the Comanchero outlaw motorcycle gang (OMCG) will appear in Bathurst Local Court charged with fraud and counterfeit cash offences.

Earlier this year, the Gangs Squad’s Strike Force Raptor began investigations into the cultivation and supply of cannabis in the Central West.

On Wednesday, August 23, Strike Force Raptor – assisted by the Public Order and Riot Squad - executed a search warrant at a home at Oberon where they seized numerous items, including counterfeit currency.

A 45-year-old man was charged at the time with drug and firearms offences.

Following further inquiries, the 45-year-old man was arrested by Strike Force Raptor at Bathurst police station on Wednesday, November 15.

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