Bikie’s hand smashed for signing police paper
An office-holder of the Gold Coast chapter of the Rebels’ bikie gang had his hand smashed with a hammer in retribution after it was discovered he had signed a police statement against a fellow patched member.
In a sentencing hearing yesterday of a junior Rebels bikie involved in the revenge attack, the Queensland Supreme Court in Brisbane heard the club’s former treasurer was hit in the head and body about 50 times before the club’s president stepped in with the hammer.
Prosecutors said the Rebels’ president smashed the man’s hand that was purportedly used to sign a statement to police against another Rebels member — a security guard accused of bashing a patron.
The internal violence of the gang — which also included allegations of bashings over a member’s defiance to an order to break up with his girlfriend — was aired before Ruan Janse Van Rensburg was sentenced to 4 ½ years’ prison.
South African-born Janse Van Rensburg, 26, pleaded guilty to a string of charges including assault, arson, robbery and trafficking of MDMA. The incidents took place on the Gold Coast over several months in 2015 while he was a Rebels nominee.
Janse Van Rensburg moved to Australia as a teenager and went to school in Kingaroy, 200 kilometres northwest of Brisbane. He studied engineering before becoming involved with organised crime through his involvement in the security industry.
He first worked as a security guard in Kingaroy before moving to the Gold Coast and taking up a similar job at a nightclub there.
Through that job and his attendance at a local gym, Janse Van Rensburg became associated with the Gold Coast’s western suburbs Rebels bikie chapter.
He became an MDMA dealer for the Rebels and at weekly club meetings was given 100 tablets to sell at a Surfers Paradise nightclub, with 10 per cent of the profit to go to the bikie gang. But, by his own admission, he was not a successful dealer and was forced to pay for drugs he could not sell.
In one case, Janse Van Rensburg and a group of associates bashed another member of the bikie gang because he had ignored an order from the club president to break up with his girlfriend.
In another incident, Janse Van Rensburg poured a 20-litre drum of petrol on the ute of a man who had photos of another bikie’s girlfriend on his phone. The ute was set alight and the house nearby also caught fire, causing $50,000 worth of damage.
In sentencing, Justice Martin Burns considered his guilty plea and remorsefulness. Janse Van Rensburg will be eligible for parole in 14 months.