CLOS­ING IN ON KILLERS

Po­lice con­fi­dent list will lead to break­through within days

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - - FRONT PAGE - LEA EMERY

PO­LICE have a list of peo­ple they believe know who killed no­to­ri­ous bikie Shane Bow­den – and are hop­ing for a break­through this week­end. Al­most a week af­ter the Finks gang­land heavy was mur­dered ex­e­cu­tion-style in the drive­way of his Pim­pama unit, po­lice say they are ze­ro­ing in on his killers. They are piec­ing to­gether Bow­den’s move­ments but believe he had only been stay­ing at the unit for two weeks.

PO­LICE have a list of peo­ple they believe know who killed no­to­ri­ous bikie Shane Bow­den – and are hop­ing for a break­through this week­end.

Al­most a week af­ter the Finks gang­land heavy was mur­dered ex­e­cu­tion-style in the drive­way of his Pim­pama unit, po­lice say they are ze­ro­ing in on his killers.

Asked if the search for the two hooded men who shot Bow­den at point-blank range about 12.10am on Mon­day was still re­stricted to the Gold Coast, De­tec­tive Su­per­in­ten­dent Bren­dan Smith said: “I don’t want to say where some of those in­quiries are be­cause we don’t want the of­fend­ers, well, po­ten­tial per­sons of in­ter­est – the last thing is I don’t want them to have what we know.

“We have a num­ber of in­quiries hap­pen­ing and, touch wood, things go to plan, I will have more to say on Mon­day.”

Po­lice made a pub­lic call on Fri­day af­ter­noon for dash­cam and CCTV footage from the Cox or Yawal­pah roads area in Pim­pama be­tween Oc­to­ber 5 and 12.

It is be­lieved that footage could help po­lice piece to­gether a time­line lead­ing up to Bow­den’s ex­e­cu­tion.

Bow­den, 47, had gone to the gym be­fore his death and is un­der­stood to have been stay­ing at the Pim­pama unit for about two weeks.

In the past week it has been re­vealed:

• Bow­den was liv­ing with Crys­tal Cle­ment, the for­mer part­ner of con­victed drug king­pin Joshua Thorn­bury. Cle­ment had pre­vi­ously avoided jail for her role in a fake rego scam linked to a crim­i­nal net­work run by her abu­sive ex-boyfriend. Nei­ther Cle­ment nor Thorn­bury are suspected of in­volve­ment in the shoot­ing.

• Bow­den had been rocked by a fam­ily cri­sis just weeks be­fore be­ing shot dead.

• Two hooded man lay in wait in a va­cant lot in the hours lead­ing up to his mur­der.

• Po­lice believe the killing may be re­lated to an in­ter­nal feud with the Mon­gols in Vic­to­ria.

Po­lice are still sort­ing through ev­i­dence, with more than 60 de­tec­tives work­ing the case.

“We are not lim­it­ing our­selves to bikies. We are talk­ing to any­one who might have in­for­ma­tion or po­ten­tial in­for­ma­tion,” Det Supt Smith said.

The mo­tive for Bow­den’s mur­der is still un­clear.

“We cer­tainly think it is re­lated to his out­law mo­tor­cy­cle life,” Det Supt Smith said.

“He has a lot of en­e­mies and it could be one of many things.”

Po­lice are still try­ing to piece to­gether his move­ments.

They are also wait­ing on the re­turn of DNA ev­i­dence from cig­a­rette butts found in the area but that is ex­pected to take some time.

Po­lice are also look­ing into leads re­lat­ing to burntout cars which were found near the home.

Bow­den was a no­to­ri­ous mem­ber of the Finks bikie gang and was in­volved in the Ball­room Blitz, a wild brawl that erupted at a kick­box­ing tour­na­ment at the Royal Pines Re­sort be­tween Finks and Hells An­gels gang mem­bers in 2006.

He was a long-time mem­ber of the Finks be­fore patch­ing over the Mon­gols.

Bow­den had re­cently re­turned to the Finks and is un­der­stood to have been re­cruit­ing for mem­bers in south­east Queens­land in the weeks be­fore his death.

This month Bow­den was fined $750 for mak­ing false state­ments on a bor­der pass when trav­el­ling from Vic­to­ria to Queens­land at the end of Au­gust. He ex­ited quar­an­tine from the Voco ho­tel in Surfers with a heavy po­lice pres­ence.

Pic­ture: Richard Gosling

More than 60 de­tec­tives are sort­ing through ev­i­dence in their in­ves­ti­ga­tion of the mur­der of bikie Shane Bow­den, inset.

Det Supt Bren­dan Smith.

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