Comanchero Jock Ross visits memorial 28 years after Milperra Massacre


The Milperra Massacre between the Bandidos and Comacheros took place back in 1984. The Comanchero founder JOCK ROSS AND HIS wife  VANESSA “NESS” ROSS visited the COMANCHERO MEMORIAL UP THE COAST AT Palmdale Memorial Park and Crematorium in 2012.

In fact this fathers day will mark 30 years to the day that 6 BIKIE CLUB MEMBERS WERE KILLED, 4 FROM THE COMANCHEROS, 2 FROM THE BANDIDOS AS WELL AS ONE MEMBER OF THE PUBLIC, TEENAGER LEANNE WALTERS, another 26 wounded (click here for my original comprehensive post)

This pic recently fell into my hands and as I get so many requests about any recent images of Jock this is the best you are ever going to get! He is never seen in public.

(To protect some younger family members I have altered them out of the picture. Click the image for a larger view. )

JOCK ROSS AND HIS MISSUS VANESSA “NESS” ROSS Visit the COMANCHERO MEMORIAL UP THE COAST AT Palmdale Memorial Park and Crematorium. To protect some younger family members I have altered them out of the picture

JOCK ROSS AND HIS MISSUS VANESSA “NESS” ROSS Visit the COMANCHERO MEMORIAL UP THE COAST AT Palmdale Memorial Park and Crematorium. To protect some younger family members I have altered them out of the picture

The massacre had its beginnings after a group of Comancheros broke away and formed the first Bandidos Motorcycle Club chapter in Australia. This resulted in intense rivalry between the two chapters.

An advertised “British motorcycle swap meet” was placed in a few local press releases, at the Viking Tavern, with a scheduled start at 10 a.m. on Sunday, September 2, 1984.

On Sunday September 2, 1984 around 1 pm, a heavily armed group of Comancheros entered the carpark of the Viking Tavern during the motorcycle part swap meet with 30 similarly armed Bandidos arriving soon after with a back-up van carrying weapons following close behind. Both sides proceeded to line up at opposite ends of the car park. William George “Jock” Ross, who had founded the Comancheros in 1968, signalled by waving a machete in the air and the two clubs charged at each other.

Police responded after receiving reports that “a man” had gone berserk with a rifle at the Viking Tavern in Milperra and “a few shots” had been fired. The first of more than 200 police began arriving but the fighting continued for another 10 minutes before they were able to stop it. Four Comancheros died from shotgun wounds, two Bandidos died after being shot with a Rossi .357 magnum rifle and a 14-year-old bystander, Leanne Walters, also died after being hit in the face by a stray .357 bullet. A further 28 people were wounded with 20 requiring hospitalisation.

Mark Pennington, one of the first policemen on the scene, was later awarded $380,000 compensation for psychological damage.

6 BIKIE CLUB MEMBERS WERE KILLED THAT DAY…4 FROM THE COMANCHEROS, 2 FROM THE BANDIDOS AND ONE MEMBER OF THE PUBLIC, TEENAGER LEANNE WALTERS

COMANCHEROS

  • Andy:  Andrew Thomas
  • Blowave: John Bodt
  • Bones: Scott Dive
  • Chewy: Rick Lorenz
  • Dog: Tony McCoy “Dog” was shot with two blasts to his upper right chest and face. He was hit with such force it was estimated he was dead before he hit the ground.
  • Foghorn; Foggy: Robert Lane “Foggy” was shot in the centre of the chest with a .357 magnum “Rossi” rifle. He remained where he fell and died almost instantly.
  • Glen: Glen Eaves
  • JJ: Robert Heeney
  • Jock: William Ross
  • Kraut: Kevork Tomasian
  • Leroy: Phillip Jeschke “Leroy” Was the Comanchero’s “Sergeant At Arms” and was a “hit” target. He was shot with the .357 magnum “Rossi” rifle and died instantly. Entry and exit wound indicate “Leroy” was crouching over and was shot in the back.
  • Littlejohn: John Hennessey
  • Morts: James Morton
  • Pee Wee: Garry Annakin
  • Snow: Ian White
  • Sparrow, Sparra: Ivan Romcek “Sparrow” was shot with one round of a shotgun and was shot at such close range that the cartridge wadding can be clearly seen embedded in his right ear. He died instantly with a baseball bat under his body
  • Sunshine: Raymond Kucler
  • Terry: Terrence Parker
  • Tonka: Michael O’keefe

BANDIDIOS

  • Bear: Stephen Roberts
  • Bernie: Bernard Podgorski
  • Big Tony: Tony Cain
  • Bull: Phillip Campbell
  • Caesar: Colin Campbell
  • Charlie: Charlie Sciberras
  • Chopper: Mario Cianter “Chopper” was shot with two blasts of a shotgun to his chest and died instantly.
  • Davo: William Littlewood
  • Dukes: Greg McEiwaine
  • Gloves: Mark McElwaine
  • Hookie: Steve Owens
  • Junior. Mark Shorthall
  • Kid Rotten: Lance Purdie
  • Knuckles: Phillip McEiwaine
  • Lance: Lance Wellington
  • Lard: Tony Melville
  • Lout: Rick Harris
  • Lovie: lewis Cooper
  • Opey: Stephen Cowan
  • Peter: Peter Melvine
  • Pig: Grant Everest
  • Ray: Ray Denholm
  • Roach: James Posar
  • Roo: Rua Rophia
  • Shadow: Gregory Campbell “Shadow” was shot in the throat by a shotgun and died instantly. Ironically, because of the number of charges this man’s own brother was charged with the murder.
  • Snake: Geoff Campbell
  • Snodgrass, Snoddy: Anthony Mark Spencer
  • Sparksy: Gerard Parkes
  • Steve: Steve Hails
  • Tiny: Graeme Wilkinson
  • Tom: Tom Denholm
  • Val: Vlado Grahovac
  • Whack: John Campbell
  • Zorba: George Kouratoras
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The Milperra Massacre


MILPERRA MASSACRE, FATHERS DAY AT THE VIKING TAVERN SEPTEMBER 2 1984

UPDATE JAN 22 2014 These  pics recently fell into my hands and as I get so many requests about any recent images of Jock this is the best you are every going to get!

William 'Jock' Ross - Founder and Supreme Commander of the Comancheros Motorcycle Club (circa 1965 to 1984) click to enlarge

William ‘Jock’ Ross – Founder and Supreme Commander of the Comancheros Motorcycle Club (circa 1965 to 1984) click to enlarge

JOCK ROSS AND HIS MISSUS VANESSA “NESS” ROSS Visit the COMANCHERO MEMORIAL UP THE COAST AT Palmdale Memorial Park and Crematorium. To protect some younger family members I have altered them out of the picture. Click the image for a larger view

jock-ross memorial visit

JOCK ROSS AND HIS MISSUS VANESSA “NESS” ROSS Visit the COMANCHERO MEMORIAL UP THE COAST AT Palmdale Memorial Park and Crematorium. To protect some younger family members I have altered them out of the picture

WAY DOWN THE BOTTOM AFTER THE PHOTO OF LEANNE  WALTERS, THE 14YR OLD GIRL WHO WAS ALSO KILLED THAT DAY, ARE GRAPHIC IMAGES OF THE COMANCHEROS AND BANDIDOS BIKIES KILLED THAT DAY…

CONSIDER YOURSELF WARNED…

IF SOME OF THESE WANNA BE “NIKE BIKIES” SAW THESE PHOTOS MAYBE THEY WOULD THINK TWICE ABOUT INKING UP AND CARRYING WEAPONS THINKING THEY ARE MOVIE STARS

UPDATE 18/06/12

I have been swamped with searches and queries on current day pics of the main players since the TV show has been aired. Not surprisingly the ones who are still alive, are living their lives in a much different way to how the did 30 years ago. The main ones I get and for Jock Ross and Snoddy Spencer. If anybody has links to other pics let me know via the comments or an email and I will post them. Same goes for any video footage on youtube or elsewhere…

Some new ones I came across via and reader.cheers

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Here is one I have been sent in the last few days,of Snoddy, who killed himself in jail following the massacre. 

Snoddy Spencer back in the day

The aftermath was devastating for all

The Milperra Massacre was a firearm battle between rival motorcycle gang members on September 2 (Father’s Day) 1984, in Milperra, a south-western suburb of Sydney. Seven people were killed: six motorcycle gang members and a fourteen year old female bystander.

The massacre

The massacre had its beginnings after a group of Comancheros broke away and formed the first Bandidos Motorcycle Club chapter in Australia. This resulted in intense rivalry between the two chapters.

An advertised “British motorcycle swap meet” was placed in a few local press releases, at the Viking Tavern, with a scheduled start at 10 a.m. on Sunday, September 2, 1984.

On Sunday September 2, 1984 around 1 pm, a heavily armed group of Comancheros entered the carpark of the Viking Tavern during the motorcycle part swap meet with 30 similarly armed Bandidos arriving soon after with a back-up van carrying weapons following close behind. Both sides proceeded to line up at opposite ends of the car park. William George “Jock” Ross, who had founded the Comancheros in 1968, signalled by waving a machete in the air and the two clubs charged at each other.

Police responded after receiving reports that “a man” had gone berserk with a rifle at the Viking Tavern in Milperra and “a few shots” had been fired. The first of more than 200 police began arriving but the fighting continued for another 10 minutes before they were able to stop it. Four Comancheros died from shotgun wounds, two Bandidos died after being shot with a Rossi .357 magnum rifle and a 14-year-old bystander, Leanne Walters, also died after being hit in the face by a stray .357 bullet. A further 28 people were wounded with 20 requiring hospitalisation.

Mark Pennington, one of the first policemen on the scene, was later awarded $380,000 compensation for psychological damage.

6 BIKIE CLUB MEMBERS WERE KILLED THAT DAY…4 FROM THE COMANCHEROS, 2 FROM THE BANDIDOS AND ONE MEMBER OF THE PUBLIC, TEENAGER LEANNE WALTERS

COMANCHEROS

  • Andy:  Andrew Thomas
  • Blowave: John Bodt
  • Bones: Scott Dive
  • Chewy: Rick Lorenz
  • Dog: Tony McCoy “Dog” was shot with two blasts to his upper right chest and face. He was hit with such force it was estimated he was dead before he hit the ground.
  • Foghorn; Foggy: Robert Lane “Foggy” was shot in the centre of the chest with a .357 magnum “Rossi” rifle. He remained where he fell and died almost instantly.
  • Glen: Glen Eaves
  • JJ: Robert Heeney
  • Jock: William Ross
  • Kraut: Kevork Tomasian
  • Leroy: Phillip Jeschke “Leroy” Was the Comanchero’s “Sergeant At Arms” and was a “hit” target. He was shot with the .357 magnum “Rossi” rifle and died instantly. Entry and exit wound indicate “Leroy” was crouching over and was shot in the back.
  • Littlejohn: John Hennessey
  • Morts: James Morton
  • Pee Wee: Garry Annakin
  • Snow: Ian White
  • Sparrow, Sparra: Ivan Romcek “Sparrow” was shot with one round of a shotgun and was shot at such close range that the cartridge wadding can be clearly seen embedded in his right ear. He died instantly with a baseball bat under his body
  • Sunshine: Raymond Kucler
  • Terry: Terrence Parker
  • Tonka: Michael O’keefe

BANDIDIOS

  • Bear: Stephen Roberts
  • Bernie: Bernard Podgorski
  • Big Tony: Tony Cain
  • Bull: Phillip Campbell
  • Caesar: Colin Campbell
  • Charlie: Charlie Sciberras
  • Chopper: Mario Cianter “Chopper” was shot with two blasts of a shotgun to his chest and died instantly.
  • Davo: William Littlewood
  • Dukes: Greg McEiwaine
  • Gloves: Mark McElwaine
  • Hookie: Steve Owens
  • Junior. Mark Shorthall
  • Kid Rotten: Lance Purdie
  • Knuckles: Phillip McEiwaine
  • Lance: Lance Wellington
  • Lard: Tony Melville
  • Lout: Rick Harris
  • Lovie: lewis Cooper
  • Opey: Stephen Cowan
  • Peter: Peter Melvine
  • Pig: Grant Everest
  • Ray: Ray Denholm
  • Roach: James Posar
  • Roo: Rua Rophia
  • Shadow: Gregory Campbell “Shadow” was shot in the throat by a shotgun and died instantly. Ironically, because of the number of charges this man’s own brother was charged with the murder.
  • Snake: Geoff Campbell
  • Snodgrass, Snoddy: Anthony Mark Spencer
  • Sparksy: Gerard Parkes
  • Steve: Steve Hails
  • Tiny: Graeme Wilkinson
  • Tom: Tom Denholm
  • Val: Vlado Grahovac
  • Whack: John Campbell
  • Zorba: George Kouratoras

Aftermath

As a result of the massacre, the New South Wales Firearms and Dangerous Weapons Act 1973 was subsequently amended. The court case following the “Milperra Massacre” was at the time one of the largest in Australian history. In total forty-three people were charged with seven counts of murder. Christopher Murphy, Solicitor, acted for the Banditos’ members charged as a result of the incident. Greg James QC, as he then was, represented all but one of the Banditos’ members during their trial, that being Colin Campbell. Greg James QC was Juniored by a number of Junior including John Korn, Andrew Martin, and Philip Young. Mr. Campbell was represented by Mr Greg Woods QC, as he then was.

During the longest joint criminal trial in NSW history, armed members of the Tactical Operations Unit were stationed in the courtroom and witnesses required armed guards from the Witness Security Unit to escort them home. More than two years later, on June 12, 1987, the jury delivered 63 murder convictions, 147 manslaughter convictions and 31 of affray. The judge in the case named the instigator of the violence as William “Jock” Ross, the “supreme commander” of the Comancheros, saying “Ross was primarily responsible for the decision that members of his club go to Milperra in force and armed”. Ross received a life sentence for his role in the violence.

Eight other members of the Comancheros gang received life sentences and 16 Bandidos received sentences of seven years for manslaughter. Interestingly, as the Bandidos arrested were charged in regards to all the deaths, this resulted in one being found guilty of the manslaughter of his own brother. Commonwealth Games gold medallist boxer Philip McElwaine was the only motorcycle club member to be acquitted at trial of the manslaughter and murder charges that were brought against him.

2007

In a repeat of the circumstances that led to the Milperra massacre, in early 2007 more than 60 members of the Parramatta and Granville chapters of the Nomads, previously affiliated with the Comancheros, defected to the Bandidos. The defection resulted in a new eruption of violence between the Comancheros and Bandidos involving fire-bombings and drive-by shootings. New South Wales Police set up Operation Ranmore to stop the violence escalating, which has resulted in 340 people arrested on 883 charges as of January 2008.

Movie plans

In 2002, Australian film maker Martin Brown produced a documentary titled 1% One Percenters Search For A Screenplay in an effort to raise interest for a big budget movie of the massacre. The documentary, first aired on 2 February 2003, follows Brown as he looks for screenwriters, funds and a director for his movie. It includes interviews with the police investigating officer, ex superintendent Ron Stephenson, Comanchero president “Jock” Ross, Bandido vice president “Bullets” and several other Milperra survivors.

Book

“Brothers in Arms” is a book by Lindsay Simpson and Sandra Harvey.

Television mini-series

A television mini-series Bikie Wars: Brothers in Arms based on the book will screen on Network Ten in 2012. The screenplay was written by Greg Haddrick, Roger Simpson and Jo Martino. It is directed by Peter Andrikidis. It stars Callan Mulvey, Matthew Nable, Susie Porter, Maeve Dermody, Anthony Hayes, Todd Lasance, Luke Ford, Jeremy Lindsay Taylor, Damian Walshe-Howling, Nathaniel Dean and Luke Hemsworth.

A GALLERY OF IMAGES FROM THAT DAY…I HAVE OTHER VERY GRAPHIC PHOTOS OF THE DECEASED TAKE BY POLICE AT THE VERY BOTTOM OF THIS POST…

PLEASE DO NOT LOOK IF YOU ARE OFFENDED BY DEAD BODIES AND BLOOD

Massacre At Milperra

Monday 3rd September 1984

Seven people are dead and 20 injured after a motorcycle enthusiasts’ picnic went horribly wrong in Sydney’s south-west yesterday. The recreation day, organised by the British Motorcycle Riders Club at the Viking Tavern in Milperra, broke out into a wild brawl just before 2.00pm. More than 30 men were arrested and police have already questioned over 500 witnesses in what is being described as ‘the Milperra massacre’. Although no charges have been laid, many are expected in the immediate future.

The Tavern’s car-park exploded into violence when two bikie gangs, the Comancheros and the Bandidos, arrived there at around 2.00pm The previously peaceful meeting turned into chaos as two shots rang out.

The crowd, including families with young children,scattered. ‘People took off in all directions. As I ran I was worried I was going to get a bullet in the back.’ said one of the British Motorcycle Association members.

The event had been organised to coincide with Father’s Day and was widely advertised. It was a regular motorcyclists’ function–a swap meet– where enthusiasts gather to exchange motorcycle parts and socialise. The organisers had planned a barbecue and hired a band to provide entertainment. The day had a family atmosphere.

Trapped witnesses say the shoot-out lasted 15 minutes

An estimated 30 shots were fired in the first 10 minutes and people hid wherever they could to avoid the crossfire.

Witnesses say the shootout lasted 15 minutes and the gangs trapped 40 bystanders inside one of the tavern bars as they fought it out.

One of the dead was a 14-year-old girl–all others slain were men. Fourteen ambulances attended the scene and armed security guards have been placed on hospital wards.

Mr Wes Graham, 23, who was on the hotel porch when the bloodbath began, saw one man shot in the head. ‘I saw another guy shoot someone in the guts, and he just keeled over and then the girl was shot. She wasn’t even doing anything.’ he said.

The police response was quick and decisive. One hundred officers were at the scene, including members of the crack Tactical response Group and the Special Weapons and Operations Team. The police could not stop the killings which had happened so quickly but were there to diffuse violent outbreaks during the afternoon as people were detained for questioning.

Members of the bikie fraternity believe that yesterday’s massacre was planned. The two gangs, the Comancheros and the Bandidos, split up 18 months ago and had been feuding ever since. ‘Reports so far suggest that these blokes had decided beforehand to sort themselves out at Milperra,’ said Mr Ross Goodman, President of the NSW Motorcycle Riders’ Association.

Brothers in Arms

Brothers in Arms

By Sandra Harvey

Format: Paperback, 288 pages

Other Information: 16PP b&w PHOTOS

Published In: Australia, 01 April 1989

Father’s Day 1984: seven people die in a blaze of gunfire on a sunny afternoon in a hotel car park.Among the dead, a fifteen year old girl caught in the crossfire when two heavily-armed bikie gangs, the Comancheros and the Bandidos, clash. Brothers in Arms tells the extraordinary story of this murderous outbreak, from its vicious beginnings in the closed world of Sydney’s motorcycle gangs to its inevitable end in death and imprisonment.

 

Wrecking Crew

Wrecking Crew

Caesar Campbell, Donna

Macmillan Publishers Aus., 01/09/2011 – 288 pages

Wrecking Crew’ takes you into the heart of the Bandidos, and the outlaw biker world, through the eyes, fists and boots of Caesar Campbell, founding member of the Bandidos in Australia and the club’s first sergeant at arms and legendary enforcer. Jailed for seven years after the bloody ambush at Milperra that saw two of his brothers killed, Caesar led and protected the other imprisoned members of his club inside some of Australia’s toughest jails. But when he was finally released Caesar found that the world of the outlaw motorcycle gangs was changing, and that his particular values of courage, brutal force and utter loyalty to your club were making him more enemies than friends. And with Caesar Campbell you’d rather be a friend than an enemy…

THE critics are already calling Brothers in Arms “Underbelly on wheels” but the real Milperra massacre was more like hell on wheels.

By the time Glen McNamara and other detectives screamed into the Viking Tavern carpark on that Father’s Day 28 years ago, bullets were still flying and bodies piling up.

McNamara and his colleagues were dressed in jeans and T-shirts and armed with service revolvers — hardly the safest combination for perhaps the biggest gunfight on Australian soil since the Kelly Gang’s last stand or even the Eureka Stockade.

“Bikes were overturned and cars were parked everywhere and bikies were down, injured,” recalls McNamara.

Gunsmoke hung in air that reeked of cordite and blood.

McNamara and his mates crouched between cars and advanced across the carpark motorcycle swap-meet that had turned into a battleground.

He immediately tripped over a warm, bleeding body.

Comancheros enforcer Mario Cianter had just been cut down with a shotgun blast.

“His chest was blown away and still smoking, like a burnt sausage cut open,” says McNamara.

Five other bikies were dead — and 28 injured, 20 badly.

But the worst thing about Milperra was that a 14-year-old girl, Leanne Walters, was shot dead while selling raffle tickets. She was hit in the face with a .357 round from a handgun.

Milperra produced the longest-running and one of the biggest criminal trials in our history: 42 Bandidos and Comancheros went down on 63 murder and 147 manslaughter charges.

Only one, former Commonwealth Games gold medal boxer Phil “Knuckles” McElwaine, was able to beat the homicide rap.

Television drama being what it is, unlike the book it’s based on, the depiction of this outrage on Channel 10 over the next few weeks will bear only a passing acquaintance with reality.

That’s taking nothing away from the makers, just a fact of show business life.

The truth is, of course, that like the main players in Melbourne’s underworld wars, underneath the gang “patches” the “outlaws” on their iron horses were no more than drug dealers and their hired muscle fighting over a hugely profitable trade. Still are.

The drug trade is global and so is the bloodshed it breeds.

The recent outbreak of shootings among outlaw biker gangs here mimics “wars” in North America, Scandinavia and Germany.

In each case, it’s about “new” gangs taking on old ones, mostly over drug money.

Meanwhile, in Melbourne, police are still looking for the guns used to shoot Bandido heavy Toby Mitchell last November. Another episode in a never-ending and bloody story.

Father pleads ‘Don’t turn my little girl into bikie moll’

April 01, 2012

THE father of the 14-year-old girl shot dead in the Milperra bikie massacre is terrified his daughter will be portrayed as a “bikie moll” in a new television series about the tragedy.

Rex Walters at his home in Ingleburn. His daughter Leanne was shot and killed during the bikie Milperra massacre.

Rex Walters, 68, says he feels Channel Ten should have consulted him before making the adaptation of the book Brothers In Arms, which documents the deadly shoot-out between bikie gangs The Bandidos and The Comancheros, on Father’s Day 1984.

His daughter Leanne was caught in the crossfire and was the only non-bikie among the seven killed.

Speaking to The Sunday Telegraph about his concerns, Mr Walters said: “I really wish they had spoken to me. There have been bad things written about her in the past which aren’t true. What sort of clothes will they have her in? I still have the outfit she wore when she died – it was a lovely jumper, a belt and jeans – they weren’t the clothes of a bikie. I just want my daughter to be remembered properly.”

In the book, Leanne is described as a girl from a broken home, who got involved with the bikies because she didn’t have a family support network.

Mr Walters, from Ingleburn, admits Leanne was living away from her parents but said: “We had a good relationship — the last conversation I had with her was that she was coming to see me on Father’s Day.”

He also said stories about why she was at the Viking Tavern were untrue.

“She was there with a friend of mine. She loved his bike and wanted to go to the bike swap meet. It wasn’t because she was involved with a bikie.”

A Ten spokesman said the series focuses on the relationships between the key members of the motorcycle clubs.

BELOW AFTER THE PHOTO OF LEANNE  WALTERS WHO WAS ALSO KILLED THAT DAY ARE GRAPHIC IMAGES OF THE COMANCHEROS AND BANDIDOS BIKIES KILLED THAT DAY…CONSIDER YOURSELF WARNED…

IF SOME OF THESE WANNA BE NIKE BIKIES SAW THESE PHOTOS MAYBE THEY WOULD THINK TWICE ABOUT INKING UP AND CARRYING WEAPONS…

Leanne Walters was shot and killed during the bikie Milperra massacre.

Comanchero shot dead where he stood and died instantly

Comanchero “Sparrow” was shot with one round of a shotgun and was shot at such close range that the cartridge wadding can be clearly seen embedded in his right ear. He died instantly with a baseball bat under his body

Comanchero “Leroy” Was the Comanchero’s “Sergeant At Arms” and was a “hit” target. He was shot with the .357 magnum “Rossi” rifle and died instantly. Entry and exit wound indicate “Leroy” was crouching over and was shot in the back.

Comanchero “Foggy” was shot in the centre of the chest with a .357 magnum “Rossi” rifle. He remained where he fell and died almost instantly.

Comanchero “Dog” was shot with two blasts to his upper right chest and face. He was hit with such force it was estimated he was dead before he hit the ground.

Bandido “Chopper” was shot with two blasts of a shotgun to his chest and died instantly.

Bandido “Shadow” was shot in the throat by a shotgun and died instantly. Ironically, because of the number of charges this man’s own brother was charged with the murder.

Caesar Campbell – OLD bikies never die. They don’t mellow, either.

Paul Kent

The Daily Telegraph

August 28, 2010

OLD bikies never die. They don’t mellow, either.

Caesar Campbell, the biggest and baddest of all, took three shots at the Milperra Massacre.

Between the second and third shots – a shotgun followed by a .38 – he reached over to tear the throat out of Comanchero Ivan “Sparra” Romcek, who died right there. He was 38 then. Caesar, not Sparra.

He is 64 now, sitting in the lounge-room of his home in the Snowy Mountains region, with pictures of his brothers on the wall as clean-cut young men. Then there is the other photograph, the brothers photoshopped together with their bushy bikie beards.

Here are the two sides of the man called Caesar.

Moments earlier, his son walked into the lounge room and grabbed his father by the hand and leaned over to kiss him on the forehead.

“Hey Dad,” he said.

“Son,” said Caesar.

Amid all the Bandidos paraphernalia decorating the room, sitting on the coffee table is a single sheet of paper – a hospital report from January this year. It details the two scars across Caesar’s forearm, the scar across the shoulder that bisects a tattoo and the pale scar that runs across his cheek.

“I told the cops I had a run in with sheet metal,” Caesar said, explaining the scars.

Four pieces of sheet metal, to be exact.

“I was walking a bit behind the woman,” he said, indicating his wife Donna, “and one of them decided he was going to put his hand on her shoulder. So I stepped on the four bits of sheet metal and one of them had a jagged edge and happened to get me.

“But,” he said, “the jagged edge had a piece of metal go up here,” and he pokes the soft skin under his jaw, “and it come out here.”

He points to where the steel came out through the tongue.

The obvious hazards of scrap metal are not all the dangers ex-bikies face.

Caesar has been shot more times since he left jail than he was at Milperra, when along with his brothers Shadow, Bull, Wack, Snake and Chop he took on the Comanchero in the most famous bikie brawl in Australia.

In the new book Enforcer, which Donna wrote with the help of her friend Liz – out on Monday and described by Donna as “97 per cent fact and 3 per cent fiction” – Caesar details how the war started, not because the Comanchero had split over issues of power, as was pushed in court, but because the Campbell brothers had caught Comanchero president Jock Ross having an affair with a club member.

Ross soon split the club so he didn’t have to answer charges, and the city chapter eventually patched over to become Bandidos.

Guerrilla attacks escalated until the two gangs ran into each other at the Viking Tavern on Father’s Day 1984, when seven eventually died.

Caesar was the second man shot after his brother Snake, two blasts of a shotgun putting him down next to Sparra before a Comanchero named Robert “JJ” Heeney – or maybe it was his Ol’ Lady, Caesar always thought she had more balls – shot him with the .38 that lodged under the skin in his forehead.

He can’t remember a lot of what happened next. The .22s, he said, sting, while shotgun blasts are more like being thumped with a baseball bat.

The last time he was shot was several years back when he was watering his lawn and a car rolled past, with the windows coming down. He dropped the hose and opened his arms when – crack, crack – two .22s hit him in the guts.

“Is that the best youse can f … ing do?” he yelled at the fleeing car.

It never stops for old bikies. Just two weeks ago he was having a drink at his local when it started again.

“A bunch of Lebs sitting in two cars,” he said, “and the ‘big, bad bikie’ thing came out. They got out of the cars. They were about 23, 24, and there was seven of them. I decked three and the other four didn’t want nothing to do with it.”

At a rough count Caesar, an underground fighter and the Bandidos’ sergeant-at-arms, has had about 800 fights.

That works out to be about a fight every three weeks since he had his first at 14, when his father put him in a boxing tent.

In all that time nobody has ever dropped him to as much as a knee. He used to worry about losing. In his 40s he was sure it was near and in his 50s he was certain. But it still hasn’t happened and he is content now, at 64, that if it does happen it will be because of his age and not because the other bloke is better.

“Unless, of course, it’s another bloke in his 60s.”

The fascinating part is that it keeps happening. Might it be because, nowadays, he looks more like an old bloke trying to look like a bikie, rather than the 24-carat real deal?

“They look and they see a 60-year-old bloke and they think he’s not going to be much trouble,” Caesar said. “And normally a 60-year-old bloke, to a 20 and 30-year-old, isn’t going to be any trouble.

“But I’ve been hit with baseball bats, bricks, shot, stabbed, hit with a car …

“I can take a thump and it doesn’t affect me so much.”

Years back he was in a pub toilet when a rival bikie told him some blokes in the carpark were loading his bike onto the back of their ute.

“Put the bike back down,” he said when he found them. Soon after, two were unconscious and the third was groaning. Caesar then took

a boning knife he kept on his belt and sliced the little finger off each of them, then wrapped them in a handkerchief. When he got home he tossed the small package to Donna.

“Not more fingers,” she said. He already had another 20 or so kept in a jar.

Not that he is always looking for a fight. Some years back he was in a pub when a bloke started in on him.

“You’re built like a brick shithouse,” he kept saying. “How big are you?”

It got to the point where Caesar stood up and walked to the pub next door. Shortly after the bloke was there, too.

“How big are you?” He got up again and began to walk out through the toilets, when the bloke grabbed him on his colours. “I thought, ‘F … why’d you have to do that?”

Milperra – the spark that started the bikie violence

By Paul Kent

The Daily Telegraph

April 11, 2009

IT begins with an open window. Everything today, the escalation in violence, the historical hate between the Bandidos and Comanchero, begins with that window.

As secrets go, Colin “Caesar” Campbell has been hanging on to the secret of that window for 26 years.

Like his brothers Bull (Phillip), Snake (Geoff), Wack (John), Chop (Mario) and Shadow (Gregory), Caesar was once a Comanchero.

They were the Wrecking Crew and together with the McElwaine brothers – Knuckles (Phil), Gloves (Mark) and Dukes (Greg) – the unofficial muscle of the gang.

“They could walk into a room of a hundred men and clear the room,” said Bear Campbell, an adopted brother. They broke away in 1983 because of the window.

Not even the Comanchero that remained, the ones that stayed loyal to then-president William “Jock” Ross when the gang split in 1983, knew about the window.

They still don’t.

“You’re just the ninth person to know this,” Bear said yesterday. “And four are dead.”

Bear is Caesar’s adopted brother, and we are talking about Caesar’s secret. Caesar is 62, the last surviving original Bandidos office-bearer, and despite a recent stay in hospital he can still clear a room if he must.

From retirement Caesar watches the latest escalation of bikie violence, filthy at the attacks on homes where children sleep, adamant this was never what it was about.

Those naive to their war might point to Milperra, but Caesar insists back then they had honour. Indeed, Milperra was all about honour.

Police still believe the war began over turf, or drugs, or a combination of both. They alleged it in court in 1984, some seven weeks after the violence in the carpark of Milperra’s Viking Tavern, when six bikies were shot dead, as well as 14-year-old Leanne Walters.

Now, for the first time, Caesar Campbell has let go of the secret that cost him two brothers – Shadow and Chop – at Milperra, and which would see Wack die three years later from illness caused by the massacre.

“One of the Campbell brothers and another member went to another member’s house and saw Jock Ross’ vehicle out the front,” he said.

“They went to the front door and looked through the window and saw Jock and the other member’s wife in a compromising position in the lounge room.

“They knocked on the door, they answered the door, and both members looked at Jock and turned around and came straight to me and told me about it.

“It was then that it was decided that Jock would be brought up on charges of committing one of the greatest offences that you can make in a motorcycle club – apart from selling heroin and making a police statement – by making love to a member’s wife.”

Ross had broken one of the 10 club rules he drew up himself, namely Club Rule 4: “Any member found guilty of screwing another member’s Ol’ Lady, or taking advantage of a rift between them for future conning up, will be thrown out.”

The Campbells and McElwaines, their bond born in battle, were filthy.

Caesar won’t reveal the member’s identity now out of respect to his children but as sergeant-at-arms he ordered Ross to the next club meeting to face charges.

He failed to show.

He failed to show at the next meeting, too, but walked into the third, announced he was splitting the Comanchero into two separate chapters, and walked out.

The Wrecking Crew went to the city, opening their clubhouse at 150 Louisa Rd, Birchgrove. Ross’s clubhouse remained at 65 Harris St, Harris Park, in western Sydney.

Relations remained strained but workable until the club’s annual run. It broke down amid fights and threats, and the city chapter returned and voted to break away.

Police believe the breakaway occurred shortly after Christmas 1983, when Anthony “Snotty” Spencer and Charlie Scibberas flew to America to seek permission to form an Australian Bandidos chapter.

What actually happened was “Snotty” and Charlie had gone to America two years earlier to buy Harley-Davidson parts, met Charles “Ha Ha Chuck” Gillies, president of the Bandidos’ Albuquerque chapter, and now Snotty and Shadow called Ha Ha Chuck. “Within a week it was granted,” Caesar said.

A set of colours were made and taken to Caesar for approval.

More colours were ordered, but for 10 days Caesar was the only man in colours. For 10 days he was president, vice-president, sergeant-at-arms, treasurer and secretary.

Bashing and clubhouse attacks took place until August 1984, when Snotty and Jock officially declared war in a phone call.

Caesar declared homes and places of work off limits. Everywhere else was fair game.

It was unlike today’s bikie war, where homes are now a target of choice, and small attacks continued until Father’s Day 1984.

Among the dead and bloodied at Milperra, Caesar was shot six times.

He was thrown into a car and dropped off at Bankstown Hospital. Some weeks later Caesar gripped the back of his chair while his Ol’ Lady Donna pulled four remaning shotgun pellets from his back with tweezers and a buck knife and no anaesthetic.

Much of what the gangs believed they stood for then is now lost.

Caesar does not see the honour he once stood for, and still stands for.

Some time before Milperra the American Bandidos visited Australia and noticed the Australian patch, the fat Mexican brandishing a pistol, was wrong. The American Bandido has a white beard. The Australian version was black. They ordered the patches back so they could be burned and replaced with the correct patch.

No, said Caesar.

On his jacket was the blood of his dead brothers. He wasn’t giving it up. The Americans insisted, saying the club stood above all else.

Caesar knew in that patch was the blood of everything he stood for, so he looked at the Americans and said, “If you want it, come and get it”.

Caesar, the original Bandido, is the only man in Australia to still have that patch.

The Crims’ code and vigilante shootings in Sydney-BIKIES AT WAR CONFIRMED


UPDATE 1 TODAY 22/04/12

Latest Sydney shooting death not linked to bikies

Police say a man shot dead in Sydney’s south-west overnight had been involved in a number of earlier shootings, although none linked to bikie gang violence.

Detectives have established a crime scene near the intersection of Bell Street and Schofield Street at Riverwood after a man was gunned down just after midnight.

Police say paramedics tried to revive him, but he died at the scene.

A man was arrested a short time later and is being questioned at Campsie Police Station.

Police superintendent Steve Blackmore says the victim, aged in his 30s, is believed to have been killed because of a personal feud over a debt that was owed.

Superintendent Blackmore says both men were known to police, and the victim had previously been involved in public shootings.

The public has been urged to avoid the area while they investigate.

The latest incident comes after a spate of shootings in Sydney over the past two weeks.

The New South Wales Government has announced measures targeting outlaw motorcycle gangs, which they hope will reduce the recent spate of shootings.

 

UPDATE 2 TODAY 22/04/12

Bikie refused bail after allegedly torching police van

Updated April 22, 2012 17:10:28

Related Story: Bikie charged over torched police van

A Sydney bikie has been refused bail after allegedly threatening police and torching a police van that was parked near his tattoo parlour on Friday.

Scott Orrock is a former boss of the Nomads bikie gang, but has recently switched allegiances to the rival gang, Hells Angels.

Police say his defection is one of the reasons for the recent surge in gang violence across Sydney.

The 47-year-old faced court today charged with setting a police car on fire while it was parked near his tattoo parlour in inner city Newtown.

In documents tendered to court, police allege Orrock went to the local police station around 3:00am on Friday in an agitated manner and asked them to move the van.

The four officers on duty allege Orrock threatened them saying “move it right away or otherwise I will burn it down”.

He allegedly accused police of making him and his family a target.

Police say he was seen on CCTV footage using accelerant to set the car alight around 10 minutes later.

Orrock was refused bail and is expected to face court again later this week.

On Friday, the State Government and police announced a dramatic crackdown on bikie gangs in Sydney.

Members of 23 outlaw motorcycle and crime gangs will be banned from wearing their colours in Kings Cross.

There are also moves in place to stop bikies owning tattoo parlours and they may soon be subject to police searches without warrants. Good luck with that, it seems they own 99% of them already…

UPDATE TODAY 21/04/12

THEY could be the sparks that finally turn Sydney’s bikie feud into all-out war.

A police paddy wagon carrying out surveillance on a Newtown tattoo parlour was reduced to a smoking ruin after being fire-bombed – allegedly by bikies – early yesterday.

Sam Ibrahim, former bikie and founder of the Parramatta chapter of the Nomads, at his mother's home in Merrylands

Just a few hours earlier the rented home of high-profile Nomads life member Sam Ibrahim was peppered with bullets – the 11th shooting this week.

“I think it’s fair to say the red light went on when we knew whose house had been hit,” a police source said.

A second house, until recently rented by a Nomads associate, was shot at in Rouse Hill. No one was injured and police believe the target was the earlier tenant.

Police said they were out in force on Thursday night as part of the newly created Strike Force Kinarra, set up after five shootings on Tuesday morning.

Scott Orrock's defection from the Nomads to the Hells Angels is believed to be one of the reasons behind the conflict

In Newtown they were keeping a close eye on the tattoo parlour – known to be frequented by bikie members and a target of several previous shootings.

The paddy wagon was a tactic. Sources said parlours owner Scott Orrock, a former Nomads boss turned Hells Angel, complained multiple times about the police vehicle being there.

Police said Mr Orrock made threats toward the vehicle, claiming that its presence was “affecting trade”.

At 3am emergency crews were called to King St, where the vehicle had been doused and set alight while it was unattended.

Police yesterday confirmed Mr Orrock had been spoken to about the torching and the matter was under investigation. He has not been charged.

Mr Orrock’s “patch over” from the Nomads to the Hells Angels is believed to be one of the reasons the two rival gangs are warring, a police source said.

Assistant Commissioner Nick Kaldas said six of the seven shootings this week had been linked to the turf war between the Hells Angels and Nomads.

He said it was fair to assume that the overnight shootings were “payback” for Tuesday’s drive-bys.

“This is a criminal culture, not an ethnic one. Instead of having a punch up face-to-face, they wait until he goes to bed and then shoot up his house knowing his wife and children are in there asleep,” he said.

As senior police and intelligence analysts held strategy meetings late yesterday to prepare for reprisal attacks, the state government scrambled to announce tough new powers including banning bikies from owning or operating tattoo parlours or wearing their colours in Kings Cross.

“No one in NSW is above the law and we are serious about ensuring police have all the tools they need to bring a halt to the shooting spree which has hit our city,” Premier Barry O’Farrell said.

The package, to go to cabinet on Monday, will give the Police Commissioner power to refuse a licence to own or operate a tattoo parlour and amend the Crimes Act to add tattoo parlours to the list of banned activities for criminal organisations.

The Law Enforcement Act would be amended to allow drug detection dogs into tattoo parlours without a warrant.

After 10 shootings in 10 days, frustrated police yesterday lashed out at “petty” criminals who have replaced punch-ups with pistols. These so-called gangsters shooting each other in the leg and other non fatal areas shows they are not fair dinkum. They are not shooting to kill, but to gain some piss weak notoriety over petty issues in the bigger scheme of things. The best thing that can happen for these bright eyed wannabe’s is they get rounded up and convicted and sentenced to massive MINIMUM jail terms for first time offenders for their little pot shots.

Sydney Shootings 2011-2012

NEIGHBOURHOOD disputes that were once sorted out with fist fights have escalated into almost nightly gun battles on Sydney’s streets.

After 10 shootings in 10 days, frustrated police yesterday lashed out at “petty” criminals who have replaced punch-ups with pistols.

Senior officers said many of the incidents were over “petty” drug deals and turf wars, along the lines of the ghetto gangs of New York and Los Angeles.

“Where they used to sort it out with a punch-up behind the servo, now they are using guns,” a police source said.

“The bulk of the shootings are just low-level conflicts between crooks.”

Assistant Commissioner Frank Mennilli said the latest gun victim had sent police on a wild goose chase.

He said officers spent hours inspecting Lisgar St, Merrylands, where a 20-year-old man claimed he was shot just after midnight yesterday. He took himself to Westmead Hospital with a wounded leg.

Families must act to end gun feuds

THE quantitative data on Sydney‘s recent eruption of shootings is bad enough. Ten shootings in 10 days is a truly damning statistic.

Pressure’s on over hot firearms

THE FACTS

Gun stats and facts

THERE is a large domestic black market of tens of thousands of illegal guns, the Australian Crime Commission boss John Lawler will tell state and federal ministers today.

The briefing in Canberra comes as the state government puts pressure on the federal government to do more to control the borders to stop illegal weapons getting in.

NSW Police Minister Mike Gallacher has written to Home Affairs Minister Jason Clare asking for an urgent summit on the gun-crime situation.

But Mr Clare said the meeting today of attorneys-general was sufficient.

“The meeting the minister is asking for is happening today and will be attended by the NSW Attorney-General,” Mr Clare said.

“The Australian Crime Commission is working with state police on this right now.

“Police commissioners from around the country will meet with federal agencies in June to discuss the results of the investigation and recommendations to put to government.”

 NSW Attorney-General Greg Smith said he would be looking for agreement from all attorneys-general today to “maximise the effort against organised crime”.

“If the Commonwealth looked at drawing up national laws against outlaw gangs it would strengthen the fight.

“The federal government is spending billions of dollars in their failed attempt to patrol our borders for illegal boat entries. There is no reason why some more money can’t be found to better patrol our borders for guns,” he said.

Former policeman Tim Priest said the only way to stop the shootings was to introduce mandatory minimum sentences of 15 years for firing at a person or 10 years for firing into buildings.

Cracking the code of shooting silence

Crime scene at the Bada Bing strip club in Kings Cross

AS the wall of silence around Sydney’s spate of shootings begins to crack, police have used Crime Commission four times since January

“There is no evidence of a crime scene, there are no projectiles, there is no blood stain, there is nothing there,” said Mr Mennilli, head of Operation Spartan, set up to target the gun crime.

Mr Mennilli said the victim was known to police and had behaved like many others who had been targeted in the past 10 days, during which seven people have been wounded.

“They are doing nothing to assist investigators in trying to resolve the crime,” he said.

On Friday afternoon, five days before the Merrylands shooting, a well-known criminal was shot just four streets away, in Patten St.

Again, instead of calling for an ambulance, the 24-year-old staggered into the same emergency department with gunshot wounds to his legs.

Witnesses said they had seen two men arguing but both fled before police arrived. Officers are treating the shootings as linked. Both men have been discharged from hospital and are still claiming not to know their attacker.

A police source said it was significant that victims were being targeted in the legs.

“If they wanted to kill each other, they would aim for the torso. They just want to warn and terrorise. It is replacing the fist fight with a firearm,” the source said.

Alongside these “petty” shootings, authorities are bracing for the possibility of fresh warfare between the Hells Angels and Comanchero after former Comanchero national president Mick Hawi was jailed for a maximum 28 years in a Sydney court on Tuesday over the murder of Hells Angels associate Anthony Zervas at Sydney Airport in March 2009.

Police yesterday revealed a significant number of shootings are linked to the Hells Angels and Comanchero feud, with a second war between the Hells Angels and Notorious.

“The battleground is western Sydney but the prize is Kings Cross,” a police source said. While the infamous Cross traditionally belonged to the Nomads, with the birth of breakaway group Notorious in 2007 the ownership changed.

Meanwhile, police last night laid charges against two men in relation to several shootings tacross Auburn, Arncliffe and Rockdale since last December.

A 16-year-old boy was arrested at a unit in Punchbowl after police found a 9mm semi-automatic pistol and a loaded magazine with additional live cartridges hidden in a ceiling cavity.

Two vials of steroids were also seized from a bedroom during the search.

The boy was charged with possessing a prohibited pistol and granted conditional bail to appear at Parramatta Children’s Court next month.

A Padstow Heights man was also taken into custody after police seized at least one prohibited pistol at his home address.

The 34-year-old was charged with possessing a prohibited pistol and offering to supply a prohibited pistol.

He was refused bail to face Bankstown Local Court today.

The Crims' code and vigilante shootings in Sydney-BIKIES AT WAR CONFIRMED


UPDATE 1 TODAY 22/04/12

Latest Sydney shooting death not linked to bikies

Police say a man shot dead in Sydney’s south-west overnight had been involved in a number of earlier shootings, although none linked to bikie gang violence.

Detectives have established a crime scene near the intersection of Bell Street and Schofield Street at Riverwood after a man was gunned down just after midnight.

Police say paramedics tried to revive him, but he died at the scene.

A man was arrested a short time later and is being questioned at Campsie Police Station.

Police superintendent Steve Blackmore says the victim, aged in his 30s, is believed to have been killed because of a personal feud over a debt that was owed.

Superintendent Blackmore says both men were known to police, and the victim had previously been involved in public shootings.

The public has been urged to avoid the area while they investigate.

The latest incident comes after a spate of shootings in Sydney over the past two weeks.

The New South Wales Government has announced measures targeting outlaw motorcycle gangs, which they hope will reduce the recent spate of shootings.

 

UPDATE 2 TODAY 22/04/12

Bikie refused bail after allegedly torching police van

Updated April 22, 2012 17:10:28

Related Story: Bikie charged over torched police van

A Sydney bikie has been refused bail after allegedly threatening police and torching a police van that was parked near his tattoo parlour on Friday.

Scott Orrock is a former boss of the Nomads bikie gang, but has recently switched allegiances to the rival gang, Hells Angels.

Police say his defection is one of the reasons for the recent surge in gang violence across Sydney.

The 47-year-old faced court today charged with setting a police car on fire while it was parked near his tattoo parlour in inner city Newtown.

In documents tendered to court, police allege Orrock went to the local police station around 3:00am on Friday in an agitated manner and asked them to move the van.

The four officers on duty allege Orrock threatened them saying “move it right away or otherwise I will burn it down”.

He allegedly accused police of making him and his family a target.

Police say he was seen on CCTV footage using accelerant to set the car alight around 10 minutes later.

Orrock was refused bail and is expected to face court again later this week.

On Friday, the State Government and police announced a dramatic crackdown on bikie gangs in Sydney.

Members of 23 outlaw motorcycle and crime gangs will be banned from wearing their colours in Kings Cross.

There are also moves in place to stop bikies owning tattoo parlours and they may soon be subject to police searches without warrants. Good luck with that, it seems they own 99% of them already…

UPDATE TODAY 21/04/12

THEY could be the sparks that finally turn Sydney’s bikie feud into all-out war.

A police paddy wagon carrying out surveillance on a Newtown tattoo parlour was reduced to a smoking ruin after being fire-bombed – allegedly by bikies – early yesterday.

Sam Ibrahim, former bikie and founder of the Parramatta chapter of the Nomads, at his mother's home in Merrylands

Just a few hours earlier the rented home of high-profile Nomads life member Sam Ibrahim was peppered with bullets – the 11th shooting this week.

“I think it’s fair to say the red light went on when we knew whose house had been hit,” a police source said.

A second house, until recently rented by a Nomads associate, was shot at in Rouse Hill. No one was injured and police believe the target was the earlier tenant.

Police said they were out in force on Thursday night as part of the newly created Strike Force Kinarra, set up after five shootings on Tuesday morning.

Scott Orrock's defection from the Nomads to the Hells Angels is believed to be one of the reasons behind the conflict

In Newtown they were keeping a close eye on the tattoo parlour – known to be frequented by bikie members and a target of several previous shootings.

The paddy wagon was a tactic. Sources said parlours owner Scott Orrock, a former Nomads boss turned Hells Angel, complained multiple times about the police vehicle being there.

Police said Mr Orrock made threats toward the vehicle, claiming that its presence was “affecting trade”.

At 3am emergency crews were called to King St, where the vehicle had been doused and set alight while it was unattended.

Police yesterday confirmed Mr Orrock had been spoken to about the torching and the matter was under investigation. He has not been charged.

Mr Orrock’s “patch over” from the Nomads to the Hells Angels is believed to be one of the reasons the two rival gangs are warring, a police source said.

Assistant Commissioner Nick Kaldas said six of the seven shootings this week had been linked to the turf war between the Hells Angels and Nomads.

He said it was fair to assume that the overnight shootings were “payback” for Tuesday’s drive-bys.

“This is a criminal culture, not an ethnic one. Instead of having a punch up face-to-face, they wait until he goes to bed and then shoot up his house knowing his wife and children are in there asleep,” he said.

As senior police and intelligence analysts held strategy meetings late yesterday to prepare for reprisal attacks, the state government scrambled to announce tough new powers including banning bikies from owning or operating tattoo parlours or wearing their colours in Kings Cross.

“No one in NSW is above the law and we are serious about ensuring police have all the tools they need to bring a halt to the shooting spree which has hit our city,” Premier Barry O’Farrell said.

The package, to go to cabinet on Monday, will give the Police Commissioner power to refuse a licence to own or operate a tattoo parlour and amend the Crimes Act to add tattoo parlours to the list of banned activities for criminal organisations.

The Law Enforcement Act would be amended to allow drug detection dogs into tattoo parlours without a warrant.

After 10 shootings in 10 days, frustrated police yesterday lashed out at “petty” criminals who have replaced punch-ups with pistols. These so-called gangsters shooting each other in the leg and other non fatal areas shows they are not fair dinkum. They are not shooting to kill, but to gain some piss weak notoriety over petty issues in the bigger scheme of things. The best thing that can happen for these bright eyed wannabe’s is they get rounded up and convicted and sentenced to massive MINIMUM jail terms for first time offenders for their little pot shots.

Sydney Shootings 2011-2012

NEIGHBOURHOOD disputes that were once sorted out with fist fights have escalated into almost nightly gun battles on Sydney’s streets.

After 10 shootings in 10 days, frustrated police yesterday lashed out at “petty” criminals who have replaced punch-ups with pistols.

Senior officers said many of the incidents were over “petty” drug deals and turf wars, along the lines of the ghetto gangs of New York and Los Angeles.

“Where they used to sort it out with a punch-up behind the servo, now they are using guns,” a police source said.

“The bulk of the shootings are just low-level conflicts between crooks.”

Assistant Commissioner Frank Mennilli said the latest gun victim had sent police on a wild goose chase.

He said officers spent hours inspecting Lisgar St, Merrylands, where a 20-year-old man claimed he was shot just after midnight yesterday. He took himself to Westmead Hospital with a wounded leg.

Families must act to end gun feuds

THE quantitative data on Sydney‘s recent eruption of shootings is bad enough. Ten shootings in 10 days is a truly damning statistic.

Pressure’s on over hot firearms

THE FACTS

Gun stats and facts

THERE is a large domestic black market of tens of thousands of illegal guns, the Australian Crime Commission boss John Lawler will tell state and federal ministers today.

The briefing in Canberra comes as the state government puts pressure on the federal government to do more to control the borders to stop illegal weapons getting in.

NSW Police Minister Mike Gallacher has written to Home Affairs Minister Jason Clare asking for an urgent summit on the gun-crime situation.

But Mr Clare said the meeting today of attorneys-general was sufficient.

“The meeting the minister is asking for is happening today and will be attended by the NSW Attorney-General,” Mr Clare said.

“The Australian Crime Commission is working with state police on this right now.

“Police commissioners from around the country will meet with federal agencies in June to discuss the results of the investigation and recommendations to put to government.”

 NSW Attorney-General Greg Smith said he would be looking for agreement from all attorneys-general today to “maximise the effort against organised crime”.

“If the Commonwealth looked at drawing up national laws against outlaw gangs it would strengthen the fight.

“The federal government is spending billions of dollars in their failed attempt to patrol our borders for illegal boat entries. There is no reason why some more money can’t be found to better patrol our borders for guns,” he said.

Former policeman Tim Priest said the only way to stop the shootings was to introduce mandatory minimum sentences of 15 years for firing at a person or 10 years for firing into buildings.

Cracking the code of shooting silence

Crime scene at the Bada Bing strip club in Kings Cross

AS the wall of silence around Sydney’s spate of shootings begins to crack, police have used Crime Commission four times since January

“There is no evidence of a crime scene, there are no projectiles, there is no blood stain, there is nothing there,” said Mr Mennilli, head of Operation Spartan, set up to target the gun crime.

Mr Mennilli said the victim was known to police and had behaved like many others who had been targeted in the past 10 days, during which seven people have been wounded.

“They are doing nothing to assist investigators in trying to resolve the crime,” he said.

On Friday afternoon, five days before the Merrylands shooting, a well-known criminal was shot just four streets away, in Patten St.

Again, instead of calling for an ambulance, the 24-year-old staggered into the same emergency department with gunshot wounds to his legs.

Witnesses said they had seen two men arguing but both fled before police arrived. Officers are treating the shootings as linked. Both men have been discharged from hospital and are still claiming not to know their attacker.

A police source said it was significant that victims were being targeted in the legs.

“If they wanted to kill each other, they would aim for the torso. They just want to warn and terrorise. It is replacing the fist fight with a firearm,” the source said.

Alongside these “petty” shootings, authorities are bracing for the possibility of fresh warfare between the Hells Angels and Comanchero after former Comanchero national president Mick Hawi was jailed for a maximum 28 years in a Sydney court on Tuesday over the murder of Hells Angels associate Anthony Zervas at Sydney Airport in March 2009.

Police yesterday revealed a significant number of shootings are linked to the Hells Angels and Comanchero feud, with a second war between the Hells Angels and Notorious.

“The battleground is western Sydney but the prize is Kings Cross,” a police source said. While the infamous Cross traditionally belonged to the Nomads, with the birth of breakaway group Notorious in 2007 the ownership changed.

Meanwhile, police last night laid charges against two men in relation to several shootings tacross Auburn, Arncliffe and Rockdale since last December.

A 16-year-old boy was arrested at a unit in Punchbowl after police found a 9mm semi-automatic pistol and a loaded magazine with additional live cartridges hidden in a ceiling cavity.

Two vials of steroids were also seized from a bedroom during the search.

The boy was charged with possessing a prohibited pistol and granted conditional bail to appear at Parramatta Children’s Court next month.

A Padstow Heights man was also taken into custody after police seized at least one prohibited pistol at his home address.

The 34-year-old was charged with possessing a prohibited pistol and offering to supply a prohibited pistol.

He was refused bail to face Bankstown Local Court today.

Bikie member Mahmoud “Mick” Hawi gets 21 years for killing Anthony Zervas


Boys will be boys…But when they do not grow up, they commit silly ill thought out crimes all for the wrong reasons. The Club, the gang, my brothers even, as they often say…For what? There are many “heroes” in jail who regret their stupid decisions…I kind of feel this loser will not be one of them…EGO is everything…When you get to jail it is all about reputation and street cred…Unfortunately that counts for SFA outside jail.

The victim was no angel but seriously, a few dudes catching a flight and realise they are on the same flight as a rival?…Apparently that’s worth killing for…

A BIKIE boss found guilty of murdering a rival gang member during a brawl at Sydney Airport has been jailed for at least 21 years and six months.

Comanchero chief Mahmoud "Mick" Hawi, has been jailed for more than 21 years over the death of Anthony Zervas at Sydney Airport

Comanchero national president Mahmoud “Mick” Hawi, 31, was found guilty last November of the March 2009 murder of Anthony Zervas, the brother of Hells Angels member Peter Zervas.

In the NSW Supreme Court, Justice Robert Allan Hulme set a non-parole period of 21 years and a maximum of 28 years for the murder.

Hawi was also found guilty of affray for which he received a fixed term of three years, six months to be partly accumulated with the murder term.

The sentence is backdated to when he went into custody in May 2009.

The judge said Hawi and his Comanchero colleagues had displayed “a flagrant disregard” not only for the law, but also for the many witnesses “in whose memories the incident will live long”.

Mr Zervas suffered stab wounds and massive head injuries when he was attacked with bollards and kicked, punched and stomped on as he lay on the floor of the domestic terminal.

The brawl erupted after a chance encounter between Hawi and Hells Angels boss Derek Wainohu on a flight from Melbourne.

Ex-bikie boss jailed for airport murder

Paul Bibby

Former national Commanchero bikie boss, Mahmoud “Mick” Hawi has been sentenced to at least 21 years in jail for the murder of Hells Angels associate Anthony Zervas in the infamous Sydney Airport brawl.

Mr Zervas, 29, was bludgeoned with a bollard and stabbed in the chest and abdomen during the brawl on March 22, 2009, which shocked bystanders and the city more broadly.

Today, Hawi, 31, was sentenced in the NSW Supreme Court to a maximum of 28 years in jail with a non-parole period of 21 years. This followed a marathon trial, which concluded on November 2 last year, when Hawi was found guilty of murder and affray.

The sentencing judge, Justice Robert Allan Hulme, said the Commancheros and Hells Angels had assembled at the airport after being contacted by gang members on a plane from Melbourne.

Hells Angels chapter president Derek Wainohu, who was on the plane and felt intimidated by Hawi and other Commancheros present, sent a text for help and, in response, a number of Hells Angels, including Mr Zervas, went to the airport.

There were a series of scuffles in which 12 Commancheros confronted five Hells Angels, punching and kicking each other and attacking each other with heavy metal bollards in the departure lounge.

Mr Zervas died during the brawl.

Five other Commanchero members were also tried for murder. They were found not guilty, found guilty of manslaughter or are facing retrials after the jury was hung.

A further six members or associates of the Commancheros were subsequently convicted of a range of offences including riot, affray and assault.

“This was a shocking and violent crime,” Justice Hulme said.

“The deceased was killed in an act of retribution because he dared to attack the president of the Commenchero. No one, in his mind, was going to get away with that.”

Justice Hulme described how many of those who saw the brawl were left in a state of shock, including a young mother who, after protecting her child, was “frozen in fear”.

“The fighting, though short-lived, was shocking and vicious,” he said.

“There was a large crowd of innocent bystanders. They were shocked and frightened that such violence could occur in such a public place.”

Justice Hulme said the Commenchero had been in conflict with the Hells Angels for some time.

“A business being conducted by persons associated with the Hells Angels in Brighton-Le-Sands had been firebombed. A Hells Angels controlled tattoo parlour in Petersham was the subject of a drive-by shooting. A Hells Angels clubhouse in Crystal Street, Petersham, had been bombed.

“It was the belief of police that the Comanchero were responsible for each of these incidents.”

He said a chance meeting with Mr Wainohu, on the flight from Melbourne and the summoning of reinforcements to Sydney Airport led to the riot that culminated in the death of Mr Zervas.

“Anthony Zervas was the first to make a move by attacking the offender [Hawi]. It was a pre-emptive strike in the face of an inevitable attack but it was foolish in the extreme. He was 161 centimetres tall and weighed only 58 kilograms while [Hawi] was 178 centimetres tall with a muscular build. A witness description of a man having ‘arms as big as legs was apt for the offender’.”

Hawi stood, chin raised, as the judge delivered the sentence.

Mr Zervas’s mother, Frederika Bromwich, broke down in court after the sentence was read and nearly fainted outside court as – flanked by her daughters – she addressed the media.

“No punishment is enough for the loss of my son,” a shaky and tearful Ms Bromwich said.

“I just pray that he gets the punishment he deserves. My son didn’t deserve to die in that way