Geelong court: Rebel bike enforcer John Donnelly ran private racket, court told

A GEELONG bikie gang enforcer has been accused of running a million-dollar criminal racket away from his club while also cheating on his pregnant wife.

John Donnelly was on bail and supposed to be home with his wife Megan and their two children on February 9, but police told the Geelong Magistrates’ Court they found him sleeping with another woman in a stolen caravan at a storage facility in Leopold.

The woman, 24-year-old Laura Fenton, is alleged to have helped Donnelly run an illegal operation where stolen vehicles were rebirthed, re-registered and sold online.

The court was told Donnelly and Fenton were in a sexual relationship, and he had a “number of other mistresses”, and used a variety of aliases to commit his alleged crimes.

Donnelly’s wife and parents were in court on Thursday, supporting his failed application for bail.


Vince Focarelli, former Adelaide gang leader, facing deportation from Australia

FORMER gang leader Vince Focarelli, who has survived five assassination attempts, is facing deportation from Australia.


Bibra Lake: Rebels Motorcycle Club promises no anarchy at new clubhouse

A CHAPTER of the Rebels Motorcycle Club based in Bibra Lake has promised there will be no Sons of |Anarchy-style drama over the coming two years after a recent win for the group.

The club is free to continue operating a clubhouse at a factory unit on Port Kembla Drive after the City of Cockburn approved a temporary “change of use” for the site on February 9.

It has been based there formally since 2014.

Fremantle chapter president Mark Rodgers said he was happy with the extension, even if it came after a drawn- out process involving State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) mediation.

“We’re all happy with the decision. It was a little annoying (going through SAT mediation),” he said.

“What concerned me the most is that they wasted ratepayers’ money questioning what was a permitted use.”


Human SKULL washed up on a beach believed to belong to man who vanished two years ago after breaking up with a Bandidos bikie gang leader's daughter

  • Human skull found on Geelong beach believed to belong to Paul Kingsbury
  • Kingsbury disappeared over two years ago and is believed murdered 
  • Before disappearance he ended relationship with daughter of Bandidos bikie

Police believe a human skull found washed up on a Victorian beach eight months ago could belong to missing man Paul Kingsbury.

Kingsbury, who disappeared two years ago and is believed murdered, is the main focus of the skull investigation, the Geelong Advertiser was told by police.


Rebels bikie deserter found dead in BMW after being 'shot in the head'

(video)--A notorious Sydney crime boss and former president of the Rebels motorcycle gang has been found dead in a BMW after he disappeared months after surviving a failed assassination attempt.

Ricky Ciano, 35, turned his back on the outlaw gang he once led when moved to the Gold Coast in 2015 seeking a “lifestyle change”, but vanished when he returned to Sydney over the weekend to visit his daughter.

Friends and family raised the alarm after they lost all contact with the father of five after Saturday night.

He was found dead inside a BMW in the town of Oberon. Detectives believe he was shot in the head.


The discovery comes after his wife made an impassioned plea to anyone who had information about her husband to come forwards.

"If anyone has seen or spoken to Ricky in the past two days please contact his family ASAP," his wife wrote on Mr Ciano's Facebook page.


Family of former Rebels bikie Ricky Ciano hold grave fears for his life

(video)--THE family of a former high-ranking member of the Rebels bikie gang fear he has disappeared, with grave fears held by his wife, family and friends he may have become the latest victim in Sydney’s gangland shootings.

Ricky Ciano, a former enforcer in the outlawed motorcycle club’s Sydney chapter, was last seen in Penrith on Saturday night. He has not been heard from since.

Ricky Ciano, pictured at back, left the Rebels club in 2015. Photo supplied.


JOINT MEDIA RELEASE: Morpheus National Task Force target consorting during Hells Angels OMCG national run

Police from NSW and Victoria conducted a high-visibility cross-border operation targeting members of the Hells Angels outlaw motorcycle gang (OMCG) at the weekend.


As part of the Morpheus National Task Force targeting OMCG, police established the operation to monitor the activities of a ‘National Run’ by the Hells Angels OMCG from Thursday 9 February to Sunday 12 February 2017.


Officers from NSW Police Force’s Strike Force Raptor and Victoria Police’s Task Force Echo were assisted by officers from Traffic and Highway Patrol Command, Dog Unit, Mildura Police Command (VIC) and Barrier Local Area Command (NSW).


Police staged vehicle stop locations during the run to enforce consorting legislation and ensure participants complied with road rules and rode in a safe manner.



ebels raided, bikie in custody after raids in Leopold and Drysdale

A SENIOR Rebels Geelong bikie club member is in custody following raids on the Bellarine Peninsula.

Detectives from the Echo Task Force pounced on properties on the Bellarine Highway, Leopold, and Murradoc Road, Drysdale, at daybreak on Friday.

They seized a significant number of allegedly stolen motor vehicles, boats and trailers.

Firearms and drugs were also located at the Leopold address.

A 33-year-old Leopold man, who is a member of the Rebels motorcycle gang, has been charged with a raft of offences including trafficking methamphetamine and multiple counts of prohibited person possess firearm, theft, burglary and handle stolen goods.

He has been remanded to appear at Geelong Magistrates’ Court on June 23.

The raids form part of an ongoing investigation in relation to members of an outlaw motorcycle gang, police said.

the arrest follows a string of raids by the anti-bikie Echo Taskforce.


Bikie members charged after police raids in Geelong area

ANTI-BIKIE detectives have seized three high performance cars, boats and trailers during million dollar raids in the Geelong area.

A member of the Rebels was one of those arrested when members of the Echo taskforce and detectives from Geelong CIU pounced at homes in Drysdale and Leopold.

The warrants were issued as part of an ongoing investigation into outlaw motorcycle gang activity.

Investigators also found excavation equipment.

Guns and drugs were found at the Bellarine Highway property in Leopold.

Police said a 33-year-old Leopold man, who is a member of the Rebels motorcycle gang, was charged with trafficking methamphetamine, multiple counts of being a prohibited person possessing a firearm, theft, burglary and handling stolen goods.

He was remanded to face Geelong Magistrates’ Court on June 23.


Security fears as bikies' court cases clash

A POTENTIAL timetable clash between separate trials involving alleged members of the Rebels and Bandidos motorycle gangs has delayed a hearing of charges against the "Yandina Seven”.

Alleged Rebels Joshua Shane Carew, 33, Scott Michael Conley, 40, Eric Ferdinand Felhaber, 53, Paul Jeffery Lansdowne, 59, Patrick Francis Moloney, 62, Steven Michael Smith, 31 and Dan Whale, 29, were charged under the Vicious Lawless Association Disestablishment Act (VLAD) for allegedly meeting in a group of more than two in a public place, the Yandina Hotel, in November 2013.

Their matters had previously been pencilled in to be heard in March but that changed after Magistrate Annette Hennessy heard there was an unrelated trial involving four alleged members of the Bandidos scheduled to start in Maroochydore District Court on March 13.