BIKIE BOSS RE­TURNS

Sunday Herald Sun - - News - AN­THONY DOWSLEY AND MARK BUT­TLER

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.

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