Rebels gang members admit organised crime and drugs charges

Four members of the Rebels motorcycle club have admitted being members of an organised criminal group that was dealing methamphetamine and cannabis in Christchurch.

Raids on the gang's headquarters in Vagues Rd, Papanui, in 2016, found firearms, 38 grams of methamphetamine, 300g of cannabis, and $35,000, Crown prosecutor Claire Boshier told the Christchurch District Court as the group pleaded guilty on Tuesday.

"The Rebels motorcycle gang had as one of their objectives to deal in drugs, notably methamphetamine and cannabis, for profit," she said.

Inside the Rebels' gang pad in Vagues Rd, Christchurch.

Inside the Rebels' gang pad in Vagues Rd, Christchurch.


OMCG arrests after being together in public place, SA

Three members of the Rebels Outlaw Motorcycle Gang have been arrested for being participants in a criminal organisation present in a public place, according to SA Police.

The investigation by police will allege the three men were together on Saturday 13 January at a licensed premises in Glenelg.

Two of the men also breached bail conditions not to communicate with each other.

A 40-year-old man from Seaton and a 34-year-old man from Redwood park were arrested and charged as participants in a criminal organisation being knowingly present in a public place, and breach of bail.

A 35-year-old man from Golden Grove was charged as a participant in a criminal organisation being knowingly present in public place with two or more other participants.

All three have been bailed to appear in the Adelaide Magistrates Court on 7 March.


Rebels bikies walk away laughing after trials end in not guilty

THEY were supposed to be the trials that gutted the Rebels bikie gang and put a swag of its members ­behind bars.

Instead, all four accused Rebels were acquitted in one case, the eight accused were found not guilty in the other and a prominent bikie will get a payout, which could be well into the six figures, from taxpayers to cover his legal costs.

Both marathon cases involved ­Rebels bikies on trial for allegedly shooting, beating and torturing ­fellow members — but it seems the jury did not believe the witnesses.

Rishaad Christian told the court he was the sergeant of arms of the Rebels Penrith chapter at the time he was shot.


Rebels motorcycle gang constitution called 'juvenile' and 'poorly written' by NT justice

The Rebels bikie gang constitution has been made public by a Northern Territory justice, who slammed it as "juvenile, sexist" and "poorly written".

Justice Jenny Blokland sentenced sergeant-at-arms Shannon Althouse, 31 and president Andrew Summerfield, 24, on Wednesday to a collective 15 years in jail for ordering a brutal reprisal attack with hatchets and machetes on the wrong man, to which they pleaded guilty.

The attack left the unintended victim with serious injuries and psychological damage akin to post traumatic stress disorder, the court heard.

The constitution was tendered to the NT's Supreme Court in Darwin during their sentencing hearing, during which Justice Blokland said the constitution had been submitted to the court as evidence.


Two senior members of Darwin chapter of Rebels outlaw motorcycle club sentenced to seven years’ jail for ordering axe attack

TWO senior members of the Darwin chapter of the Rebels outlaw motorcycle gang have been sentenced to seven years’ jail for ordering a revenge axe attack on a rival.

President Andy Summerfield, 24, and sergeant-at-arms Shannon Althouse, 31, pleaded guilty to giving the order to attack Tyrone Kerslake on October 5 last year.

But in a case of mistaken identity, their underlings targeted Kerslake’s flatmate Bradley Jewell instead.

In a victim impact statement Justice Jenny Blokland read from during sentencing, Mr Jewell said the beating – which resulted in wounds including a chipped vertebrae and multiple skull fractures – left him experiencing frequent flashbacks and “physically incapable of functioning as he did before the attack”.

“He talks about the excruciating pain, that he just wanted to pass out during the attack, he talks about the blood and that he was so scared he thought he was going to die,” she said.


Darwin Rebels outlaw bikie club president Andy Summerfield and Shannon Althouse plead guilty to ordering armed reprisal attack

THE baby-faced president and tattoo-covered sergeant-at-arms of the Darwin chapter of the Rebels bikie gang pleaded guilty on Tuesday to ordering club minions to take part in a brutal reprisal attack.

President Andy Summerfield and sergeant-at-arms Shannon Althouse pleaded guilty to ordering an attack on Tyrone Kerslake on October 5 last year, only for their underlings to mistakenly carry out the attack on Kerslake’s flatmate.

Crown Prosecutor David Morters told the Supreme Court the duo were spotted on security cameras at Bunnings and Mitchell’s Outdoors buying hatchets, machetes and balaclavas on the day of the attack.

A police raid on the pair’s house at Essington Ave, Gray, found burnt remnants of balaclavas, a bloody axe with Summerfield’s DNA on it and Rebels paraphernalia.


Rebel OMCG Sergeant-at-Arms charged with Starkey murder

A Rebels outlaw motorcycle gang (OMCG) member, Mr Adam Symons, 36, has been charged with murder following the death of Mr Clint Starkey.
Just after midnight on Thursday, April 6, Clint Starkey, aged 42, presented at Gosford Hospital with serious head injuries.
He was later flown to Royal North Shore Hospital, where he remained in a critical condition until he passed away on Monday, June 12.
Detectives from the State Crime Command’s Homicide Squad, assisted by Brisbane Water Local Area Command, established Strike Force Bartondale to investigate the assault and circumstances surrounding Mr Starkey’s death.
Their inquiries revealed he was assaulted at a service station at Peats Ridge, which was examined by specialist forensic officers.


NSW bikie sergeant faces court over murder

A senior NSW Rebels bikie has appeared in court over the "particularly violent" fatal bashing of a man on the Central Coast.

The head injuries suffered by Clint Starkey, a bikie associate, during the assault at the Caltex outlet in Peats Ridge in early April were so severe he never recovered.

The 42-year-old died in Gosford Hospital two months later.

Adam Symons, a 36-year-old sergeant-at-arms of the outlaw motorcycle gang, was arrested during dawn raids across the Central Coast region on Tuesday.

He was charged with Mr Starkey's murder, and did not apply for bail when the matter was mentioned briefly in Gosford Local Court on Wednesday.

As Symons was being questioned, police released CCTV footage showing the lead-up to the brutal assault, and called on anyone with information to come forward.

Detective Chief Inspector Gary Jubelin described the crime as particularly violent.


Rebels bikie charged for allegedly moving cars with forklift

A SENIOR Rebels bikie has been charged by police after allegedly using a forklift to stack cars blocking the entrance to a bike storage unit.

Police claim that the senior member of the Rebels Outlaw Motorcycle Gang picked up a Holden Rodeo ute and dropped it on top of a Daewoo Matiz after the owners failed to move them.

A police spokesman said that the incident happened on Friday last week after more than 50 motorcycles had participated in the Rebels’ national run in Tasmania.

After organising for the bikes to be transported by truck to a Malaga factory unit, they had asked occupants of the neighbouring unit to move the cars so that the bikes could be off-loaded.

The occupant says the two cars could not be moved because of mechanical issues and when staff returned to work on Monday morning, they discovered the vehicles had been stacked.


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.