Rebel bikie fronts Proserpine Court
A MAN involved with the NSW Chapter of the Rebels motorcycle gang has been ordered to pay $4585.90 in restitution after a night out in Airlie Beach.
Ricky Anthony Ciano was brought to the Proserpine Magistrate’s Court in police custody last Friday morning charged with wilful damage, public nuisance and being drunk and disorderly in a licensed premises.
The court heard that at 12.30am on October 16, Ciano was drinking with friends at Paddy’s Shenanigans in Airlie Beach.
Police prosecutor Elizabeth Smith said he was heavily intoxicated and became impatient while waiting to be served.
Ms Smith said Ciano broke an expensive wooden nip board containing electronic nip-pourers, before threatening staff that he would burn the place down.
She said staff then alerted security guards who escorted Ciano to the front door, where he yelled out, “I’m Ricky from the Rebels, pride and true, and I’m unconvicted”.
Police viewed CCTV footage of the incident and started a search of Airlie Beach holiday accommodation as a result.
Ciano was arrested at 11.45am at Mangrove Jacks.
On his arrival at court, magistrate Haydn Stjernqvist noted Ciano had a history of “getting drunk and throwing his weight around”.
Defence solicitor Darren Mahony, from Jacobsen Mahony Lawyers, admitted Ciano was drunk at the time of committing the offence and said this was “just silly behaviour”.
Nonetheless, he asked Mr Stjernqvist to consider the expense of more than $4500 to replace the nip-pourers that his client would now be liable for.
Mr Mahony said Ciano, a halfback with a rugby league team, had flown up from NSW on the morning of October 15, to celebrate the end of the football season in Airlie Beach.
He said Ciano and his friends started drinking at the airport at 8.15am “and then they continued”.
He said Ciano didn’t remember making threats to security or staff.
Mr Stjernqvist noted Ciano’s body language throughout the proceedings at court.
He ordered Ciano to pay the restitution of $4585.90 and fined him $1200.