Bikies help po­lice

Rebels of­fi­cials con­firm man on DV charges was a mem­ber

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - LUCY SMITH lucy.smith@news.com.au

REBELS Mo­tor­cy­cle Club has pro­vided a state­ment to po­lice about an ex- mem­ber ac­cused of shock­ing do­mes­tic vi­o­lence of­fences.

The man is charged with 23 crimes, in­clud­ing tor­ture and rape, against his ex- wife, and 44 against a more re­cent part­ner. The 33- year- old fa­ther of four, who can­not be named to pro­tect the al­leged vic­tims, un­suc­cess­fully ap­plied for bail in Townsville Mag­is­trates Court on Fri­day.

The ex- wife made com­plaints of his­toric abuse al­legedly com­mit­ted be­tween 2006 and 2012.

Se­nior pros­e­cu­tor Mark Fen­lon told the court that many of the 44 fresh charges, al­legedly com­mit­ted since Oc­to­ber, breached a West­ern Aus­tralian res­train­ing or­der and a Queens­land do­mes­tic vi­o­lence or­der ( DVO).

On Oc­to­ber 28, the man al­legedly cov­ered the woman’s face with a pil­low, caus­ing her to black out. In April, the man al­legedly forced his part­ner to drive him to Bris­bane.

“While in a ho­tel, un­der the in­flu­ence of methy­lam­phetamine, the de­fen­dant searches her phone, hits her on the leg with the phone, strad­dles her, grabs a pil­low and cov­ers her face,” Mr Fen­lon said.

He then al­legedly pinned her to a wall and bit her cheek.

Mr Fen­lon said on June 30, the man asked his part­ner to help with cook­ing, and when she com­plied he snapped “Why don’t you just f------ take over then?”

“The vic­tim stated with­out any warn­ing, the de­fen­dant turned around with a metal fork and stabbed her in the left fore­arm,,” he said.

De­fence so­lic­i­tor Nathan Smith said the man would de­fend all charges, ex­cept for the DVO breaches re­lat­ing to text mes­sages.

Mr Fen­lon said a week af­ter the al­leged fork in­ci­dent, the man al­legedly sent the woman four text mes­sages.

“( He wrote), ‘ Please don’t do this, I love you, you’re not in dan­ger with me. My heart is bro­ken, please, you are the glue to put it back, I can’t live with­out you, you can’t live with­out me,” Mr Fen­lon said.

“If none of this has hap­pened, why does he have to say she’s not in dan­ger?”

Mr Fen­lon said the last time the man was granted bail in Mag­is­trates Court, he lied by telling the court he was not as­so­ci­ated with Rebels Mo­tor­cy­cle Club.

“Your Hon­our has state­ments at­tached to that brief from the pres­i­dent and the ser- geant at arms of the Char­ters Tow­ers Rebels Mo­tor­cy­cle Club say­ing not only was he a nom ( prospec­tive mem­ber or nom­i­nee) but he worked in their bar,” he said.

Mag­is­trate Steven Mosch re­fused bail, say­ing there was an un­ac­cept­able risk the man would re­of­fend.

“The de­fen­dant has been main­tain­ing a re­la­tion­ship with the ag­grieved, in breach of two court or­ders, and I have lit­tle faith that if I was to grant bail now, and im­pose a con­di­tion that he have no con­tact with the ag­grieved, he would have any re­gard to an or­der made by me to­day,” he said.

The man is due back in court on Au­gust 23.

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