Heat on Mongols
No laughing matter
SENIOR Mongols bikie Clovis Jeremiah Murhabazi Chikonga, seen here being arrested at his Butler home, is accused of flushing cocaine down a toilet during a police raid. The 33-year-old, who is facing a string of charges, had his wedding plans thrown into disarray when he was refused bail in a Joondalup court last week.
A SENIOR Mongols bikie engaged to be married this month, who is accused of flushing cocaine down a toilet while being raided by police, is set to miss his nuptials after being refused bail in court.
Joondalup Magistrate’s Court heard on Friday that Clovis Jeremiah Murhabazi Chikonga is also facing charges in two other states for assault and associating with bikies.
Police are testing 1.5L of toilet water after Mr Chikonga was “caught in the act” attempting to flush the suspected cocaine when police arrested him at his Butler home on Wednesday last week.
They also recovered 16g of what is believed to be cocaine during the raid, as well as $26,765 in his bedside drawer.
The court heard the 33year-old has a criminal history dating back 17 years.
Mr Chikonga was one of several people arrested as part of a broader police operation targeting the Mongols. The police operation was carried out by the gang crime squad as part of a “national day of action” aimed at disrupting the club, which has about nine members.
Officers executed search warrants in Landsdale, Thornlie, Darch, Girrawheen, Nollamara, Butler and Ellenbrook.
Four people – members and those considered club associates – were arrested.
It will be alleged drugs, cash and weapons – including an electronic stun gun device and a military-style bayonet – were also found.
Troy Mercanti, one of WA’s most notorious former bikies, was among those arrested. The former Coffin Cheater turned Fink will face court next month on allegations he breached a supervision order imposed on him after his release from prison last year, which forbids him associating with bikies.
In applying for bail, defence lawyer Nick Scerri submitted a letter from Mr Chikonga’s fiancee, who he said was “of good standing”.
Magistrate Sandra De Maio asked how long they had been together and Mr Scerri said he did not know but given they were getting married, the wedding was “pre-booked” and they did not get together “"just last night”.
“It’s a serious relationship and she will be a positive influence on his life,” Mr Scerri said. “They will live together until these matters are concluded and then spend their life together.”
But Mr Scerri later told the court the couple had only been together since last month.
He said nothing led him to think Mr Chikonga’s fiancee was “anything but a true person”.
Ms De Maio said she was concerned about how much of a positive influence his partner was.
“It can’t be much,” she said.
Mr Scerri argued that Mr Chikonga and his fiancee only got together after he was charged with assault in Victoria in October, before confirming they had only been together since January.
Bail was refused and Mr Chikonga will next appear in court on March 6 via video link.
His charges include intent to sell or supply cocaine, possessing $26,765 believed to be unlawfully obtained, wilfully destroying evidence and possessing cannabis and testosterone.