Fri
15
Sep

An alleged Bandidos prospect member has had his motorcycle seized for six months

POLICE have seized an alleged bikie’s pride and joy under new powers which came into effect this week.

Police allege a man on a Harley-Davidson motorcycle evaded police in East Devonport following an attempted intercept yesterday.

The rider was tracked down a short time later and had his bike seized for six months.

“The rider, who was wearing a vest associated with the Bandidos OMCG with the word ‘Prospect’ on the back in red and gold, [had ridden] in a dangerous manner on the Bass Highway between Devonport and Latrobe,” Inspector Adrian Shadbolt said.

“The rider and motorcycle were located in Latrobe shortly afterwards and the rider was arrested for the evade and driving offences.”

He will appear in the Devonport Magistrates Court at a later date

Mon
11
Sep

Man charged with murder over 'extremely violent' killing of Hells Angels bikie - just months before he was due to face court

  • Adelaide man David John Norris, 39, was 'extremely violently killed' Sunday
  • The Hells Angels bikie's body was discovered at an industrial site in Salisbury
  • A 39-year-old Kadina man was charged over his murder on Monday
  • He remains in custody and is expected to front court Tuesday via video-link
 

A man has been charged after the body of a Hells Angels bikie was discovered at an Adelaide truck yard.

South Australian Police said David John Norris was 'extremely violently killed,' after they were called to the Fisher Street business around 6.20pm Sunday.

Wed
06
Sep

Australia detains NZ bikie again despite court win

A New Zealand-born motorcycle gang member who won a landmark case in Australia's highest court yesterday has been arrested in Perth.

Lee Tepuia, a 39-year-old carpet layer, spent 22 months in immigration detention after losing his visa on character grounds for being a member of the Rebels motorcycle club.

Mr Tepuia has lived in Australia since 2005 and has no criminal record there.

He won the ruling at 10am yesterday, walked free from a Perth detention centre half an hour later, then an hour after that learned the government had cancelled his visa again.

He was arrested about 10.15am Sydney time today.

Mr Tepuia had packed his bag and gone out on the street about 6am to let police parked outside know that he would go quietly, said someone close to the family who witnessed the arrest.

Wed
06
Sep

Immigration minister’s new law will keep accused bikie gang members out of Australia

(video)--A NEW federal immigration law will keep exiled former Rebels bikie boss Alex Vella and the father of rising AFL star Dustin Martin out of ­Australia.

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton rushed through an amendment to the ­Migration Act to stop Malta-based Vella, Shane Martin and up to 20 others whose visas have been cancelled, from ­re-entering the country.

They had been kicked out based on secret information from police and intelligence services.

The High Court found yesterday that Mr Dutton had been wrong to kick out two men accused of being Rebels bikies, AJ Graham and ­Mehaka Lee Te Puia.

Sat
02
Sep

Rebels bikie who shot dead girlfriend strikes deal to change charge

A Rebels bikie who shot dead his girlfriend in a Russian roulette-style killing could be set free in just six years after striking a deal to downgrade his murder charge to manslaughter.

Brandon Osborn, 37, knew the gun was loaded with one bullet when he put it to Karen Belej’s head and pulled the trigger at their home near Mildura, in north-west Victoria, on May 1 last year.

Ms Belej, 31, a much-loved local council worker, was killed instantly.

But in a deal with prosecutors, Osborn had his murder charge downgraded to manslaughter, claiming that when he pulled the trigger he never intended it to discharge.

The Crown had no evidence to prove his theory wrong beyond reasonable doubt, and accepted a guilty plea to the lesser charge.

Supporters of Ms Belej, who was a passionate domestic violence campaigner and White Ribbon Foundation ambassador, cried in court as Osborn learnt he’d be eligible for parole six years into a nine-year sentence.

Thu
31
Aug

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.

Wed
23
Aug

Nomads guilty of bashing buck’s party members at Honeysuckle Hotel

FOUR high-ranking members of the Newcastle chapter of the Nomads bikie gang have pleaded guilty to bashing two members of a buck’s party during a night out at the Honeysuckle Hotel in March.

Dylan Britliffe, 32, Blake Kevin Martin, 26, James Kenneth Quinnell, 28, and Kane Benjamin Tamplin, 26, were all represented by solicitor Iain Bruce when they appeared in Newcastle Local Court on Wednesday for a hearing into the assault at the popular Honeysuckle venue. 

But after a few hours of negotiations between the parties, the four men each pleaded guilty to affray after more serious charges, including assault occasioning actual bodily harm and reckless wounding, were withdrawn. 

The Nomads bikies were at the hotel for a fancy dress party on the night of March 25 this year when they gathered in the outdoor smoking area alongside seven members of a buck’s party, according to an agreed statement of facts. 

Mon
21
Aug

Calls for anti-consorting laws after Comancheros Canberra run

The Canberra Liberals have renewed their calls for anti-consorting laws after 100 Comancheros bikies gathered in the capital over the weekend. 

Members of the outlaw motorcycle gang from NSW, Queensland, Victoria and Western Australia travelled to Canberra as part of the Comancheros' national run.

Shadow attorney-general Jeremy Hanson said the gathering could be yet another sign of brewing bikie trouble in the ACT.

"As a result of Labor's failure to implement anti-consorting laws, bikies are able to operate in the ACT in ways they are prohibited from doing in other states," Mr Hanson said.

Police monitor the movements of the Commanchero bikies in Canberra on Saturday.

Police monitor the movements of the Commanchero bikies in Canberra on Saturday. Photo: ACT Policing

 

Fri
11
Aug

Court clears Fourth Reich club day accused

A man accused of assaulting a police officer at the Fourth Reich Motorcycle Club’s annual open day has had the charges against him dismissed and is preparing to pursue legal costs. 

More than 30 officers led by NSW Police outlaw motorcycle gang team Strike Force Raptor descended on the Albion Park club’s October 10, 2015, bike show. 

Peter Nicholas Busuttil was manning an entry gate at the Croome Lane clubhouse when he was arrested and charged with an assault –a push to the chest – upon the Raptor officer in charge, Detective Inspector Darren Beeche.

Busuttil, of Thirroul, fought the charges from July 27 2016, when a hearing began in Wollongong Local Court. On Thursday Magistrate Mark Douglass dismissed both charges. 

James Howell, a member of Busuttil’s legal team, welcomed the outcome. 

Thu
10
Aug

One Nation endorses ex-Hells Angel

One Nation has endorsed a former Hells Angel as a candidate for the upcoming Queensland election.

Scott Bannan is contesting the seat of Logan at the next state election, and has been up front about his former membership of a motorcycle club outlawed in Queensland, party leader Steve Dickson says.

'He's a family man. He's a three times world champion Muay Thai kickboxer. He's got his huge businesses down in the Logan area. I think the Labor candidate is absolutely terrified he's running,' Mr Dickson has told ABC radio.

 
One Nation has endorsed a former Hells Angel as a candidate for the upcoming Queensland election.

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