To lure re­cruits

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS -

(Broad­beach) bikie brawl (in 2013) and oth­ers left the Coast. They have their largest group­ing on the Gold Coast. Be­cause they are look­ing for mem­bers and it’s so fast-paced you don’t re­ally have to do much to get patched up.”

An­other source said the Ban­di­dos will take “any­one”.

“They re­cruit a lot of the kids. Most are low-lifes who are al­ready in­volved in il­le­gal (ex­ple­tive).”

In days gone by all out­law mo­tor­cy­cle gangs would go through strict and lengthy ini­ti­a­tions be­fore prospec­tive club mem­bers could join.

Han­nay Lawyers boss Chris Han­nay said new re­cruits would be­gin by clean­ing the club­house or run­ning drugs.

“Then the tasks would get harder and harder, they would have to flog peo­ple, col­lect money or en­gage in vi­o­lent­type of­fend­ing un­til they could prove they were good enough,” he said.

Many new re­cruits pre­vi­ously came from feeder gangs or fam­ily as­so­ci­a­tions.

Bikie sources say the process pre­vi­ously took up to two years with wannabe bikies start­ing as “hang arounds” be­fore mov­ing into a pro­ba­tion pe­riod for about 18 months.

“Then some­one would have to vouch for you to be­come a nominee. It re­ally took about two years to be­come a full patched mem­ber,” the source said.

ROCK BOT­TOM Many say the Glit­ter Strip bikie scene has hit rock bot­tom af­ter the VLAD law drove gangs in­ter­state.

The Rebels and the Mon­gols are be­lieved to still have a large pres­ence on the Coast, with sev­eral feeder clubs pro­vid­ing mem­bers from the south­ern Gold Coast and Lo­gan ar­eas.

Sources say the bikie gangs with the most mem­bers be- hind bars tra­di­tion­ally have the strong­est hold on the out­side.

The fact al­leged Glit­ter Strip Mon­gols bikies Ben Mor­timer and Wade YatesTaui are cur­rently on re­mand in sep­a­rate Bris­bane jails await­ing sen­tence af­ter plead­ing guilty to the man­slaugh­ter of Gold Coast man Max Waller sup­ports th­ese claims.

“They have good solid mem­bers and they just don’t give a (ex­ple­tive). They have a range of homes they op­er­ate out of. They don’t have a cen­tral club­house,” one source said about the Gold Coast Mon­gols.

“The Co­mancheros don’t play games in Syd­ney and they’ve also re­cently come up here. When they get down they don’t (ex­ple­tive) around. They are into se­ri­ous vi­o­lence and by that I mean death.

“In the US, the Hells An­gels are con­sid­ered a re­ally heavy gang but here, they are plas­tic gang­sters. They re­cruit from street crews like Red Devils but the Coast is well renowned for be­ing one of the weak­est chap­ters for the club and the most em­bar­rass­ing.”

Over the bor­der, the Ban­di­dos and Lone Wolves gangs brawled out­side Seag­ulls Club at Tweed Heads on the night of the sec­ond State of Ori­gin match in July.

Sev­eral men were charged with af­fray and soon af­ter, NSW gang squads in­clud­ing Strike Force Rap­tor and Public Or­der Riot Squad raided the homes of sev­eral bikies in the Tweed area.

One month ear­lier, al­leged bikie as­so­ciate Ace Hall was dumped out­side the Tweed Heads hospi­tal with a gun­shot wound to the stom­ach.

He later died and was be­lieved to have been a bikie club as­so­ciate and lo­cal debt en­forcer. CLIVE Palmer’s elu­sive nephew is be­ing paid more than $8000 a fort­night by one his un­cle’s com­pa­nies, de­spite war­rants be­ing out for his ar­rest, a court has heard.

Mr Palmer reap­peared in the Bris­bane Supreme Court yes­ter­day where he is fight­ing a high-stakes le­gal bid by tax­payer-funded liq­uida­tors to freeze more than $200 mil­lion worth of per­sonal as­sets.

There, the liq­uida­tors’ bar­ris­ter Shane Doyle QC re­vealed Clive Mensink was be­ing paid more than $8000 a fort­night by Queens­land Nickel Sales up un­til March this year.

But Queens­land Nickel’s sought-af­ter former di­rec­tor has “there­after ... been paid that pre­cise fig­ure ev­ery fort­night by Min­er­al­ogy”, Mr Doyle told the court.

In­ter­pol has been en­listed to try to lo­cate Mr Mensink, who hasn’t re­turned to Aus­tralia af­ter leav­ing in June 2016.

Re­fer­ring to ev­i­dence he gave to the Fed­eral Court ear­lier this year, which in­cluded ref­er­ences to pay­ments to Mr Mensink, Mr Palmer said the ma­te­rial was “un­re­li­able” be­cause he was ill and be­ing treated with mor­phine.

Mr Palmer also faced ques­tion­ing about the hand­writ­ten notebook, in­clud­ing an Au­gust 2015 en­try re­fer­ring to a De­cem­ber 2015 bud­get as be­ing about “nine months old”, which he said was sim­ply an er­ror.

The gov­ern­ment-ap­pointed spe­cial pur­pose liq­uida­tors, PPB Ad­vi­sory, are also seek­ing freez­ing or­ders against the as­sets of the Palmer-re­lated com­pa­nies such as QNI Met­als, QNI Re­sources and Min­er­al­ogy.

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