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The Northern Territory news Sat 9 Nov 2013



The Northern Territory news Sat 9 Nov 2013

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www.ntnews.com.au Saturday, November 9, 2013. NT NEWS. 19 ntnews.com.au l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l SATURDAY EXTRA side NTBIKIE CRIMES This year alone there have been 40 arrests, six summonses and 128 criminal charges laid against NT bikies, including: TWO robbery in company; THREE deprivation of liberty; THREE aggravated assault; SIX conspire to pervert the course of justice; EIGHT attempt to pervert the course of justice; FRAUD; PREVENTING a witness from attending court; GIVING false or misleading information; TEN possessing trafficable amount of methamphetamine; FOURTEEN supply methamphetamine; COMMERCIAL possession, supply and traffic cannabis; STEROIDS; POISON; PROPERTY obtained in the commission of an offence; WEARING body armour; (probably ballistics) POSSESS drug implements; POSSESS offensive weapons and prohibitedweapons; RESIST police; and DISORDERLY behaviour. SEVEN firearms seized frommembers. Bikies have a sinister penchant for weapons including knives, machetes, throwing stars, nunchucks, Tasers, knuckle dusters and batons. National power: 44 outlawmotorcycle gangs, 4483members REBELS 25 per cent; BANDIDOS 7 per cent; OUTLAWS 6 percent; HELLS ANGELS 6 per cent; LONEWOLF 5 per cent; COMANCHERO 5 per cent dark side, he said. Its like in Breaking Bad once you cross over to the dark side you cant come back, so its a slippery slope that either leads to prison or a violent death. There are some good shows, more documentaries that portray the real gang life. Its extremely violent and its not what we want in Australia or the Territory. Organised crime costs Australia between $15 billion and $30 billion a year through lost revenue, legitimate businesses being forced under and the lack of compliance with regulations. It hasnt stopped bikies spreading overseas. Kershaw spent almost four years targeting organised crime and travelling outlaw motorcycle gangs in Europe during his time with Australian Federal Police. Upon his return home, working with what is now the ACC, he found that gangs in Western Australia and Victoria would hold their peace and work together if it meant turning a mother of a profit through amphetamines. He said bikies were exploring criminal opportunities overseas. Asia, in particular, is looking at an emerging threat. Media reports last year revealed a quiet bar not far from the main tourist strip at Kuta, on Bali, was a suspected budding Rebels outpost, with Indonesias lax laws on precursor chemicals for meth manufacture such as ephedrine an Aussie chemists dream. Last year, the AFP held a forum with Indonesian police to warn about the potential threat on their doorstep. Kershaw said it was important that police and the Australian Crime Commission involved other agencies in controlling damage from the global reach. We work together whats one police forces problem becomes ours because of todays borderless crime and flow of information, he said. You cant just focus inwardly. Weve gotten better at working with other agencies, real time intelligence has been a coup and the willingness of federal and state agencies to work with us is at an unprecedented high. Its a case of whats an issue interstate or overseas could become our issue down the track. l l l ALMOST five years ago the NT News labelled the ageing outlaw motorcycle gangs of the Territory Dads Army. But theyre still a bunch of dangerous men who police will stand against and attempt to disband, according to Kershaw. One of the first crimes that signalled a serious threat from the Hells Angels Darwin chapter was the harrowing abduction and rape of a young woman at Palmerston about 20 years ago. Women are very low down in the ladder or hierarchy in terms of how theyre perceived and treated, Kershaw said. There are no female members. Gangs are known for their deviance in relation to women and we have investigated a number of matters. In the past year, Territory courts have heard that OMCGs were involved in two serious incidents. Leading Seaman Matthew Peter Robert Evans was jailed for stealing 14 guns from HMAS Bathurst when it was docked at Coonawarra Base, in Larrakeyah. He was bashed in Berrimah jail after cutting a deal with the Commonwealth to give evidence against his coaccused and Hells Angels associate James Hau, who allegedly pressured him to steal the weapons, in return for a lesser sentence. Hau was also imprisoned after a jury found him guilty. Kershaw said while Darwin hadnt had to deal with guns being illegally imported by boat, contraband weapons bound for bikie clubhouses had been seized across the eastern seaboard. The patrol boat theft was a well-organised effort to fill an order gangs put their order in and source their weapons, he said. Theres an appetite to source firearms and we have been successful in preventing those weapons getting into the wrong hands. In June this year, a massive investigation revealed public servant corruption. Pregnant former prison guard Sarah Dawn Rudd, 24, allegedly passed messages to inmates at Darwin Correctional Centre for one of her co-accused, Phillip Noel Kaye, which included organising drug deals with a suspected Rebel. Another prison worker, Paige Watteau, 22, fire fighter and Rudds lover Anthony Butt, 45, and NT police officer Troy Jonathon Cramp were charged with various offences. While bikies like to keep a low profile, cops have ensured those nicked on crimes have been named and shamed. Former Hells Angel Nicholas Frank Shonky Cassidy was jailed last week for perverting the course of justice in the hit-and-run death of Levi Leafy Griffiths in 2011. Less than four years before the accidental killing, Cassidy started a pub brawl with two brothers after being knocked out in an earlier fight over a fat joke made at his expense. When the father-of-twos lawyer spoke up in his defence, NT Supreme Court Justice Dean Mildren said: If youre going to lie down with dogs you cant exactly complain if you catch fleas. If you consort with people who have a reputation . . . it affects your own reputation. Cassidys co-offender, Hells Angel James Scott Parnwell Knight, was sentenced to 32 months in prison for assaulting the brothers and carrying a claw hammer during the brawl at Airport Hotel. Rebels sergeant-at-arms Jared Davis, who was said to have been behind the navy boat gun heist, and Rebels member Shannon Althouse, 27, were charged over the robbery of Paul Dobbe, who allegedly owed the Rebels $3500 in drug money earlier this year. In 2012, recidivist thug and bully Mark Andrew Simpson was jailed for eight months for body slamming a car, intimidating bar staff for alcohol and throwing a stool at a Darwin casino patron. He was released earlier this year.

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