Bikie’s hand smashed for sign­ing po­lice pa­per

The Australian - - THE NATION - CHAR­LIE PEEL

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.

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