Bikie, fiancee and bro jailed

Eight years for armed rob­bery

Herald Sun - - NEWS - WAYNE FLOWER

THE sergeant-at-arms of the Mon­gols bikie gang has caused the mother of his child and his older brother to be jailed af­ter ask­ing them to in­tim­i­date a man he robbed at gun­point.

Shane Mid­dle­ton, 27, dad of a three-year-old girl, was this week caged for a min­i­mum of eight years af­ter plead­ing guilty to armed rob­bery and at­tempt­ing to per­vert the course of jus­tice.

His fiancee, Re­nee Comeadow, 28, and brother Si­mon Mid­dle­ton, 30, must serve at least two years behind bars. Both ad­mit­ted at­tempt­ing to per­vert the course of jus­tice.

A war­rant was is­sued for the ar­rest of An­ge­los Anag­nos­tou, 34, a bikie as­so­ciate, who failed to turn up at the County Court on Wed­nes­day in re­la­tion to a charge of at­tempt­ing to per­vert the course of jus­tice.

The group found them­selves in trou­ble af­ter Shane Mid­dle­ton robbed a man over a debt.

The rob­bery vic­tim was ter­rorised af­ter mak­ing the mis­take of invit­ing a friend — also a bikie mate of Mid­dle­ton’s — to take metham­phetamine with him in July 2015.

But Mid­dle­ton showed up at Keely Park Re­serve in Clay­ton South with a hand­gun and told the man to “get the f--- out of the car”.

He told the man he was rob­bing him and warned that if he tried to run, “I’ll pop you”.

The bikie — who has a tat- tooed face — ran­sacked the man’s car, steal­ing var­i­ous items in­clud­ing his wal­let.

He then told the man he knew where he lived, be­fore forc­ing him into the boot of his own car and telling him once he was locked in­side that he had a minute to get out be­fore the car was torched. It was a hol­low threat, and the man es­caped and called po­lice.

Behind bars await­ing trial, Shane Mid­dle­ton used prison phones that were be­ing tapped by his jail­ers to de­mand that his vic­tim be si­lenced.

Comeadow, Anag­nos­tou and his brother spent months pay­ing lip ser­vice to the plan, un­til Anag­nos­tou bumped into the rob­bery vic­tim by chance.

Anag­nos­tou asked the man to hand over his phone num­ber and drop his state­ment.

“Shane’s not happy. You know he’s locked up,” he told him. “He’s sent me to fix it.”

The court heard he of­fered Mid­dle­ton’s vic­tim $5000 to co-op­er­ate, but the man re­fused to do so. Anag­nos­tou later com­plained that it was like “talk­ing to a brick wall”.

Shane Mid­dle­ton was sen­tenced to a to­tal of 10 years in jail. His fiancee and brother got three years each.


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