BIKIE BOSS RETURNS
VICTORIA’S most notorious outlaw bikie is back in charge of the Comanchero motorcycle gang after almost a year in prison. Mick Murray walked out of prison a fortnight ago and has since rejoined his crew, despite being jailed with a $250,000 contract on his head. Murray, who was the Comancheros’ national president, was jailed earlier this year after refusing to co-operate with the state’s peak organised crimebusting agency. The ambitious Murray has had threats to his life resulting from a split within the Comancheros between “new school’’ and “old school” members who disagree on the direction Murray has taken the club. Multiple shootings on security guards working for a rival security firm protecting Kittens strip club, a war with the Rebels bikie gang and internal friction has divided the membership. During a hearing in March 2017, M Murray told the Chief Examiner, w who has coercive powers to force p people to answer questions: “I’m n not answering any questions today. I’m not lagging anyone, so you’re wasting your time and mine.’’ Murray continued: “If you’re g gunna charge me, give me my c charges this morning and that’s it. I I’m not answering anything’’. The exchange, which continued fo for some minutes, resulted in Murray receiving contempt charges. He would later argue his lawyers had told him it was better to be charged with this offence as it was “no big deal’’.
Murray, who was living in Eureka Tower before he was jailed in the “slot” at Barwon Prison, has not been afraid to be seen publicly and is likely to have returned to living in a CBD high-rise considering the leadership tensions.
The Sunday Herald Sun has been told the outlaw gang continues to heavily recruit within Victoria’s prison system and has made attempts to take over its lucrative black-market drug trade — particularly in the smuggling of phenylbutazone (bute) into jails.
Murray would likely be hit with a Firearms Prohibition Order, which would restrict him from arming himself, but before his incarceration a bodyguard was protecting his family home. The order, however, would give police power to raid his home or search him on the street at any time.
Murray could also be subjected to the unused anti-association laws.
Before he was jailed, the security and gym mogul, who has relatively few convictions, separated from his wife.
His finances also took a major hit when he was ordered to pay the Australian Tax Office $4 million.