Bikie boss's 'culture of violence’ exposed: Secret file

Bandidos bikie boss Jason Addison has lost a legal battle to be removed from a firearm ban list after lawyers for NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller tendered a secret intelligence file at the gang leader's hearing.

NSW Police argued in the Administrative and Equal Opportunity Division of the Civil and Administrative Tribunal that while Mr Addison did not have a record of firearms offences, he was responsible for the "culture of violence" within the outlaw gang.

Bandidos National President Jason Addison. Picture: Glenn Barnes
Bandidos National President Jason Addison. Picture: Glenn Barnes

Senior criminal intelligence officer Anthony Macken submitted a report detailing serious crimes committed by other Bandidos members dating back to the "Milperra Massacre" in 1984 which resulted in the "murder of seven people".

The report also referenced Bandidos Member Jae Tregear who was convicted of causing grievous bodily harm with intent to murder in 2008.

"(The president) has absolute power within the club and who has the right to veto decisions made by members concerning club business," Officer Macken wrote in the report.

"The President may also sanction discipline, which may include serious assaults, on Members."

Tribunal Senior Member Suzanne Leal ruled in favour of NSW Police after lawyers for Mr Fuller called for a confidential hearing to discuss a more current intelligence file on Mr Addison.

Not even the bikie boss was allowed to hear the evidence as police argued it would disrupt their investigation.

 

Addison (right) was flanked by police while leaving court. Picture: Glenn Barnes
Addison (right) was flanked by police while leaving court. Picture: Glenn Barnes

"As the National President of the Bandidos, Mr Addison is the head of an outlaw motorcycle gang where some of its members are involved in criminal activity and have been convicted of offences involving violence and firearms," Ms Leal wrote in her judgment.

"I am also satisfied that by virtue of his association with the Bandidos and his position of National President, he is capable of intimidating members of the community generally and other members of the Bandidos in particular.

Addison outside Maroochydore Magistrates Court. Picture: Glenn Barnes
Addison outside Maroochydore Magistrates Court. Picture: Glenn Barnes

"Mr Addison's association with the club is such that his loyalty to Bandidos members may encourage a use of violence, thereby creating a risk to public safety and public protection."

Mr Addison's lawyers argued that he was not applying for a firearm and that being placed on a firearms prohibition order gave NSW Police special powers to search his home without the need for a warrant.

"I understand the potential for abuse of the powers that are authorised by a firearms prohibition order and that they can be used as a random search power without the need for a search warrant and therefore without the protections associated with a search warrant," Ms Leal wrote in her judgment.

"Despite this potential for abuse, the law is clear that where the Commissioner, or the Tribunal standing in the shoes of the Commissioner, is satisfied that the applicant is not fit, in the public interest to hold a firearm licence, it is appropriate to issue a firearms prohibition order against him or her."

 

READ THE REPORT

By NSW Police criminal analyst and intelligence team leader Anthony Macken:

 

Mr Macken describes a culture of violence within outlaw motorcycle gangs. Whilst he has provided details of incidents of violence where statements have not been provided and charges have not resulted, he has also described incidents where charges did result and the relevant Bandidos members were convicted, details of which are provided below:

 

In 1984, conflict between Comanchero and Bandidos outlaw motorcycle gangs became known as the 'Milperra Massacre' which resulted in the murder of seven people and members of the Bandidos and Comanchero clubs being convicted of offences relating to the confrontation;

In 1998, Bandidos Sergeant at Arms, Robin David suffered a gunshot wound following an altercation with members of the Rebels outlaw motorcycle gangs.

He was charged and later convicted of the offence of 'Conceal Serious Offence of Another' and sentenced to a bond;

In 2001, Ian Melder, Sergeant at Arms of the Hunter Valley Chapter of the Bandidos was charged and convicted in relation ton assault on members of the Gladiators at a hot bread shop;

In 2006, following the discovery by police of a pistol and sawn-off shotgun in their possession, Bandidos members Jason Fahey and Aleksander Knezevic were charged with and convicted of a number of firearms offences;

In 2007, following the discharging of firearms near the Royal Oak Hotel in Parramatta, Bandidos Probationary Member Ingi Ingvarsson and Member Khushwant Dhillon were charged and convicted of fire firearm offences, including the possession of an unauthorised pistol;

In 2007, following the stabbing of Rebels Member, Said, Bandidos Member Alan Young was charged with and later convicted of two counts of maliciously inflict grievous bodily harm with intent;

In 2008, following a search warrant at the residence of Bandidos Member Kane Carroll where police located inside a stolen car with a number of fraudulent drivers' licences, a shotgun and methylamphetamine, Kane Carroll was charged and later convicted of drug, firearms and fraud offences;

In 2008, following a stabbing assault on the victim, Bandidos Member Jae Tregear was charged with and later convicted of causing wounding/grievous bodily harm with intend to murder and Bandidos Members Hayan Chandab was charged and later convicted of recklessly wounding another whilst in company;

In December 2008, four rounds of ammunition were fired into a house. That evening, following a police search on a vehicle in which two rifles were located, four (according to Mr Macken still current) members of the Bandidos - Bradley Duff, who according to Mr Macken is a Chapter President, Todd Obeirzynski, Malcolm Greig, who according to Mr Macken is a Chapter Secretary-Treasurer and Joshua Clarke - were charged with and later convicted of firing a firearm at a dwelling-house with disregard for safety, participating in a criminal group, assisting criminal activity and firearm possession offences;

Following assaults on members of the Life and Death outlaw motorcycle gangs at the Boolaroo Hotel in Boolaroo near Newcastle, Patrick Griffin who, according to Mr Macken, is the President of the Newcastle Chapter of the Bandidos, was charged with and later acquitted of affray;

In 2014, Bandidos Member Glen Millard was issued with a 'banning notice' under the Inclosed Lands Protection Act 1901 for24 months due to his threatening and intimidating behaviour at a school near Newcastle. He was also charged with and later convicted of using offensive language when he attended the Toronto Police Station;