Bikie, fiancee and bro jailed
Eight years for armed robbery
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.
RENEE COMEADOW SHANE MIDDLETON (MAIN, ABOVE)