Rebels bikie sentenced to 34 years in jail for murder of man over rare motorbike

Rebels motorcycle club member John Richard Weston has been sentenced to 34 years in jail for murdering a man over a rare motorbike.

Weston, 37, shot and killed 29-year-old Laurie Starling outside his Gosford custom car building business in 2014.

The pair had been arguing over the ownership of a unique motorbike, which the bikies had taken from Mr Starling against his wishes.

A group of the Rebels club travelled to Mr Starling to "touch him up" when Weston shot him twice in the stomach.

In sentencing, Justice Stephen Rothman said the crime was "detestable and gravely reprehensible, if not extremely wicked".

"The level of callousness is a matter of significant concern," he said.

"The murder was essentially on a whim, without regard to societal norms."

Weston was handed a 34-year maximum sentence with a non-parole period of 25 years and six months.


Former Canberra bikie boss sues for defamation over A Current Affair story

A former Canberra bikie boss is suing the Nine Network over a story about a father who joined the outlaw motorcycle club to "protect his daughter".Documents, filed in the ACT Supreme Court by Canberra law firm Aulich Civil Law, allege the television network's A Current Affair program, and reporter Steven Marshall, maliciously sensationalised the story to make Ali Bilal appear a danger to life.

Mr Bilal was the Rebels Outlaw Motorcycle Club ACT president when he began to date Chloe Pattman, the daughter of Canberra father Stephen Pattman, in 2011.In response, Mr Pattman joined the gang, where he climbed the ranks and became the president of a NSW chapter.

He handed in his colours in 2014 and is currently before the ACT Supreme Court for sentence after shooting at ex-clubmates in 2015.


High ranking Rebels member has been arrested

A high-ranking member of the Rebels bikie gang has been arrested in NSW during an investigation into drug supply and extortion.

The 57-year-old was arrested at a home in Temora, in the Riverina, on Thursday morning.

NSW Police say they found amphetamines, knives, handcuffs, Rebels clothing and drug-related documents at both the house and a pub.

The man was taken to Temora Police Station to be questioned by detectives and is yet to be charged.

The operation, which involved the AFP's anti-gangs squad and Australian Border Force, previously led to more than a dozen arrests in June.


Revealed: The last movements of a bikie boss executed in his BMW

(video)--Police have released the last-known moments of senior bikie Ricky Ciano's movements, some five months after his dead body was discovered in the back seat of a car in NSW.

The body of 35-year-old Ciano was found in the back seat of a BMW on the side of a road on Valentines Day this year, near Oberon in the Central Tablelands, a day after he was reported missing by family.

On Thursday police said they had traced Mr Ciano's movements on the weekend before his death, and believe his car was parked from Sunday afternoon before the discovery of his body on the back seat the following Tuesday night.

Mr Ciano had been stopped on the Saturday for a traffic matter, and his BMW had been driven by him and others around Oberon prior to his death.


Rebels bikie sergeant-at-arms saved by police after brutal bashing from fellow gang members

STRAPPED to a chair with cable ties, bleeding profusely and fading in and out of consciousness, Rick Reynolds would likely be dead if not for the police.

Fellow bikie gang members, armed with a pickaxe, shovel, pliers, cricket bat and a gas burner for scorching off club tattoos, had ambushed the Rebels sergeant-at-arms outside a smash repair workshop, dragging him inside to finish the job.

There were three possible ­motives for the assault. One was a rumour that Reynolds (his real name has been suppressed) had been planning to leave the Rebels for a rival gang.

Another was an unsubstantiated claim that he was a police informant, based on the fact he’d repeatedly escaped jail for his crimes.


Rebels OMCG member charged with firearms and drug offences (video)

(video)--Rebels outlaw motorcycle gang member, Tyson Akosfalvi, has been charged after drugs and a pistol were allegedly seized from his car.

About 6.45pm yesterday on Wednesday September 21, highway patrol officers from the gangs squad’s Strike Force Raptor stopped a Holden Colorado ute near the corner of the Cumberland Highway and Cabramatta Road, Cabramatta.

Following a search of the ute, police allege they located and seized a semiautomatic pistol, a loaded magazine, and a substance, believed to be ‘ice’, in a hidden compartment.

The vehicle was also seized for forensic examination.

Rebels member wearing distinctive colours

Mr Akosflavi, 25, from Cabramatta was arrested and taken to Cabramatta Police Station.


Police raid Rebels Motorcycle Club's temporary base in Christchurch

The Rebels Motorcycle Club has set up a temporary base at a Christchurch home, after it was forced out of its old warehouse headquarters last month.

Police raided a property in Aranui on Wednesday and found furnishings from the old gang pad crammed into a bedroom.

They also seized a cut-down shotgun and a .22 rifle.

The Rebels' gang pad in Vagues Rd, Christchurch, before it was abandoned last month.

The Rebels' gang pad in Vagues Rd, Christchurch, before it was abandoned last month.


Two members of the Rebels were at the property.


Judge admonishes gang members at sentencing

Gangs are totally unacceptable in society and those who choose to be a part of it cannot drag the rest with them.

These comments were made by Judge John McDonald in the Whangarei District Court while sending two men with gang links to jail for stealing two cars from a farm.

Carlos Hemara, 24, and Armand Pene, 30, earlier pleaded guilty to one charge of robbery in relation to forcibly taking two cars from a Mangakahia Rd farm on June 7, 2014.

The duo are members of the Rebels motorcycle gang and both were jailed for three years and four months for their crime.

On the morning of June 7, Judge McDonald said, both men and two associates arrived at a farm on Mangakahia Rd where a Subaru that belonged to the property owners was parked.

Another man, not related to the gang members and associates, arrived in his Honda Accord. After a brief chat with him, Hemara grabbed his keys.


Rebels bikies speak out against Canberra anti-consorting laws

Rebels bikies have broken their code of silence to protest against the ACT government's moves to introduce anti-consorting laws, warning they threaten the rights of ordinary Canberrans.

The government last week published its proposed model for anti-consorting laws in the ACT, a move that all but confirms it will follow others states and territories and introduce the controversial measures.

A patched Rebels member who was among riders protesting bikie laws at Parliament House in Canberra in December 2014.

A patched Rebels member who was among riders protesting bikie laws at Parliament House in Canberra in December 2014.  Photo: Alex Ellinghausen


Internal conflicts could have led to Rebels bikie gang killing their own, Michael Davey

Rebels bikie gang member Michael Davey was known as the Prince of Penrith, a title that earned him the praise of friends and fellow bikies alike.

But it appears this sense of brotherhood may have faltered in his final hours: police are investigating whether his comrades were behind his execution.

Mr Davey – nicknamed Ruthless – was gunned down on home turf in Sydney's west on March 30.

The 30 year old had been a stone's throw from the home he shared with his girlfriend in Stafford Street, Kingswood, when someone opened fire.

He had been a well-known member of the Rebels bikie gang, members of which flocked in droves to pay their respects at his funeral.

Davey had been on the police radar since his late teens and was facing trial for drug supply when he was killed.

Tattoos across his body pledged an allegiance to the club but Fairfax Media understands Mr Davey wanted to leave the bikie fraternity.