Heat on Mon­gols

No laugh­ing mat­ter

Joondalup Times - - FRONT PAGE - Tyler Brown

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.

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