Five charged after meth valued at $180 million found in kayaks


February 12, 2014

POLICE have charged five people in Sydney over the importation of an estimated $180 million worth of methamphetamine concealed inside kayaks sent from China.

Customs allegedly found about 183kg of the illegal drug on Wednesday last week after X-raying 27 kayaks that had entered Australia.

The tests showed 19 of the kayaks contained packages with methamphetamine inside.

Concealed ... one of the imported kayaks carrying the meth into Australia.

Concealed … one of the imported kayaks carrying the meth into Australia.

Australian Federal Police on Tuesday allowed the kayaks to be delivered to a Sydney storage facility, where they arrested four Taiwanese nationals.

Three of the men, aged 21, 30 and 35, were charged with possessing a commercial quantity of drugs and the fourth, a 28-year-old woman, was charged with drug importation.

Police later arrested a 32-year-old Kensington man at his home and charged him with attempting to import the drugs.

Customs regional director Tim Fitzgerald said the 183kg of crystal meth was found in watertight areas inside the kayaks.

There were also a number of life jackets inside the boats that may have been put there to misdirect the attention of any searches, he added.

“It’s fair to say that any item coming into Australia can be used to hide narcotics,’’ he told reporters in Sydney today.

“Previously through airports, we’ve seen narcotics concealed inside surfboards.”

Mr Fitzgerald said that in the past 14 months, Customs had found more than 1000kg of meth in liquid and crystal form.

He said the drug was a “significant problem’’ for border protection authorities and a significant amount came from China.

Australian Federal Police Sydney manager Ray Johnson said people accused of drug hauls of the amount found in the kayaks could expect to face around 15 years in jail if found guilty.

The kayaks were inspected at the Sydney Container Examination Facility.

David John Alton, 32, who was charged with importing a commercial quantity of drugs, appeared before Sydney’s Central Local Court today and was refused bail.

The matter was adjourned until April 9 before the same court.

Meng-Chih Shih, 30, Zhao Xiung Huang, 35, and Chien Khih Kuo, 21, also appeared before Central Local Court today and had their bail formally refused.

Court documents show the men resided in the same Sydney CBD address.

Chieh-Wei Lin, 28, from another Sydney CBD address, also had her bail refused.

They are all due to return to court on April 9.

Immigration and Border Protection Minister Scott Morrison today congratulated Customs for preventing the methamphetamine from reaching the streets.

He said the Federal Government had provided $88 million of additional funding to Customs to increase screening of international mail, air cargo and sea cargo to stop illegal firearms and drugs getting in.

“Inspection rates of international mail and air cargo will increase by 25 and 33 per cent respectively and the examination of sea cargo in the major ports of Sydney and Melbourne will increase by nearly 20 per cent,’’ the minister said in a statement.

That would result in an additional 1500 containers being physically examined by Customs officers, he said.

 

 

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Sydney socialite Lisa Stockbridge jailed for allegedly dealing drugs


Lisa Stockbridge was arrested on December 11.

Lisa Stockbridge was arrested on December 11.

Oh my, poor Sydney socialite Lisa Stockbridge.

I just love a high flying celebrity or socialite getting a slap back down to earth. This story reminds me of the high flying drug dealer that just happened to be a nephew of the high and almighty Ita Buttrose.

What pisses me off though is all those involved in her so called high society bullshit fake life happen to be SO SURPRISED

Half of you idiots are probably packing shit as you very well know you probably purchased some goodies off her. I hope the cops were fully tuned in on each and every one of you.

Dare you order a pizza for the knock at the door that could be the day!

Get Connected, well hopefully to a good lawyer now you have been caught

Get Connected, well hopefully to a good lawyer now you have been caught

Her website suddenly disappeared on the day of her arrest but the following quote, beside a email link called “Get Connected” says a lot as far as I am concerned.

Urban Society is like your well-heeled trendsetting pal,

who always knows where to eat, where to shop, the latest openings and what strings to pull to be first through the door. From pop up shops to parties, urban eateries, or decadent getaways, we’re devoted to hunting down offers on the best events in your city – so you don’t have to.

A POPULAR Sydney socialite allegedly led a double life supplying cocaine and ecstasy to clients in the city’s most ­exclusive suburbs.

When she wasn’t running her popular entertainment website Urban ­Society, police allege Lisa Lisa (Danielle) Stockbridge was dealing drugs – including a commercial quantity of ecstasy – in Sydney’s east.

Stockbridge, a 41-year-old from Kings Cross, had been under police surveillance for at least a month and was arrested at 9.20pm on December 11, court documents said.

A far cry from the glitzy red carpets, hot parties and fine dining she would be used to, the mother of a 20-year-old daughter is now languishing in the maximum security section of Silver-water Jail awaiting her next court date.

Police recovered $33,620 in cash during the arrest which they allege was the proceeds of crime.

On November 14, police allege she supplied cocaine at locations in Rose Bay and Woollahra between 4.40pm and 5pm and later that evening at Double Bay around 7pm.

Stockbridge has also be accused of selling cocaine in Darlinghurst between 7.15pm on November 14 and 7.25pm on December 11.

Court documents show on the same dates, she also supplied cocaine in Sydney and Clovelly.

She also allegedly supplied 270g of ecstasy between December 11 and 12 at Darlinghurst.

On top of the charge of supplying a commercial quantity of drugs, Stockbridge is facing a further seven charges of supplying or knowingly taking part in the supply of a prohibited drug and dealing with the proceeds of crime.

Urban Society staff members have not yet been formally notified of Stockbridge’s arrest, however they were advised they no longer had jobs just prior to Christmas.

The website’s editor, Camilla Gulli, wrote on Facebook on December 16 to notify her friends via social media that she was “resigning”.

“It is with a heavy heart that I resign as editor of Urban Society, after two-and-a-half long years,” she posted.

“Want to say that I love my team, who are some of the most resilient and talented people I know.

“Goodbye free dinners, I’ll miss you most of all.

“Hit me up for freelance work.” were they getting more than free dinners, or paying for the free dinners in other ways? Time will tell

A Sydney woman who worked as a contractor for Stockbridge and didn’t want to be identified, said she was in “complete shock” by the news.

“I had no idea until now,” she said.

“I honestly can’t believe it and would never in a million years have picked it.”

A media identity who was notified of the incident last week said: “It sounds like a script from a movie – I would never have believed it.”

A Sydney nightclub owner who has worked with Stockbridge in the past said: “Lisa is the last person I would have thought would (allegedly) do something like this.”

Another senior public relations figure said: “I am in complete shock, this is absolutely incredible and something I would never have seen coming – she is a mum for god’s sake.”

Stockbridge’s website was shutdown in December and her personal social media sites, which include Twitter and Instagram, have been inactive since the day she was arrested.

Prison officers arrested on drug trafficking ring with crims at Barwon Prison


This comes as no surprise actually folks but the ramifications will be wide and far…MORE TO COME

UPDATE 11/07/12

EXCLUSIVE: KILLER bikie Christopher Wayne Hudson and one of Australia’s most feared hitmen were allegedly able to run a drug ring with corrupt guards inside Victoria’s most secure jail.

 

Three Barwon Prison officers were arrested during raids in Geelong and the northern suburbs yesterday, after an eight-month investigation. Two have since been charged with drug offences.

Sources close to the operation claim one of the guards, a 40-year-old man from Grovedale, had formed a close relationship with the two killers and had been monitored having long conversations in their cells, as well as passing notes and other items under their doors.

Authorities are also concerned about information passed between the cells and out of the prison.

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Charlie Bezzina: Risk of mixing with the dark side

Barwon Prison security faces fierce scrutiny

Hudson, a Hells Angel, is serving a minimum of 35 years in jail over the 2007 CBD shootings of father of three Brendan Keilar, who died, and Dutch backpacker Paul de Waard.

The contract killer, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is serving 32 years for the murders of Dorothy and Ramon Abbey in 1987.

Charges against him over the murders of police informers Terence and Christine Hodson were dropped.

The veteran trigger man is linked to some of Australia’s most infamous underworld figures and is suspected of multiple murders.

Last night a 40-year-old Grovedale man was charged with trafficking a drug of dependence, misconduct in public office, possessing an unregistered firearm, possessing a prohibited weapon and possessing and using a drug of dependence, while a 40-year-old Norlane man was charged with possessing and using a drug of dependence.

Both were bailed to appear in the Geelong Magistrates’ Court on 26 September.

A 31-year-old female prison officer from Norlane was interviewed and released pending further inquiries.

A 46-year-old Norlane man and an 18-year-old Delahey man, who were not Corrections Victoria staff, were released pending further inquiries.

Operation Puli, run by Victoria Police drug taskforce detectives, started in November after intelligence was passed on by Corrections Victoria.

Houses were raided in the Geelong area and at Delahey, in Melbourne’s northern suburbs, from 7am yesterday.

Cannabis and prescription medication were seized.

Victoria Police acting Deputy Commissioner Jeff Pope said the suspect behaviour was confined to Barwon Prison, the state’s highest-security prison.

“It does seem to be isolated to this core group of prison officers,” Mr Pope said.

“One or two of these guards has formed a relationship with a small group of inmates that is inappropriate.”

Acting Corrections Commissioner Jan Shuard said the guards worked across the prison and were not restricted to one particular section

An aerial shot of Barwon Prison WHERE SCREWS HAVE BEEN ARRESTED AMID A drug trafficking RING INSIDE THE PRISON!

UPDATE 3.15PM 10/07/12

Those arrested were a 40-year-old Grovedale man, a 31-year-old Norlane woman, a 41-year-old Norlane man and a 46-year-old Norlane man.

Victoria Police officers swooped on several properties in the Geelong region connected to Barwon Prison from 7am, completing searches a short time ago.

Four prison officers have been arrested as part of an ongoing investigation by police and Corrections Victoria which has linked guards to inmates.

PRISON officers accused of running a drug trafficking ring with criminals have been arrested in a series of co-ordinated raids.

Victoria Police officers swooped on several properties in the Geelong region connected to Barwon Prison from 7am, completing searches a short time ago.

The Herald Sun understands four prison officers have been arrested as part of an ongoing investigation by police and Corrections Victoria which has linked guards to inmates.

Barwon Prison, near Geelong, houses the state’s worst convicted criminals, among them influential organised crime figures.

Gangland killer Evangelos Goussis, drug boss Tony Mokbel, and middle-eastern crime gang members are all housed at Barwon Prison, however no identities of inmates connected to today’s raids have been revealed.

Inappropriate relationships between staff and inmates at Corrections Victoria’s jail are considered a major security risk.

Staff at Barwon came under unprecedented levels of scrutiny following the death of  Carl Williams.

More to come …

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

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

So called COMANCHERO Bikie president Vince Focarelli's son Giovanni shot dead in 4th assassination attempt


Comanchero member Giovanni Focarelli shot dead as club president father Vince survives fourth attempt to kill him…These guys play with fire they are going to get burnt, but this story is mostly yet to be told and the facts from fiction get sorted out…Shame for Giovanni to die in such circumstances though.

Giovanni Focarelli, right, with father Vince outside the Adelaide Magistrates Court on January 12 this year.

COMANCHERO bikie Vince Focarelli has refused to tell police who shot and killed his son Giovanni in a ”targeted attack” in Adelaide’s north last night. (Son or stepson, does it mater?)

9AM UPDATE

BIKIE lawyer Craig Caldicott told ABC Radio this morning that Mr Focarelli has managed to alienate large sections of the bikie community

“I’ve only obtained information from the media and from other people who indicate the father had a falling out with a member of the Hell’s Angels on a personal level. They had been friends and suddenly there was a falling out.’

“Out of the genesis from that Focarelli appeared to try to protect himself and from the New Boys then tried to brand himself a Comanchero and has managed to alienate large sections of the bikies fraternity.

Mr Caldicott said it appears that Focarelli has also made enemies with the Comancheros – and claimed Focarelli was not a member of the club despite claiming its presidency.

“No he isn’t,” Mr Caldicott said when asked if Mr Focarelli is a member.

“(His presidency) is a self-appointed title as far as I’m aware.”

Police at the scene confirmed that Giovanni’s body was in the back seat of a car on Prospect Rd, just outside Prospect Village Shopping Centre in Adelaide.

An SA ambulance spokeswoman said that a man with multiple gunshot wounds had been taken to Royal Adelaide Hospital.

She said he was in stable condition and walking when ambulance crews arrived at the scene.

Police confirmed the man was Vince Focarelli who has been the target of previous three assassination attempts.

Ten police vehicles sealed off Prospect Rd within minutes of the first reports about 9pm.

Police search the vehicle in which Giovanni Focarelli's body was found in.

A blue sedan with West Australian registration plates was parked on Prospect Rd outside the shopping centre and Giovanni’s body was inside. The cars headlights and hazard lights were on.

TWO young women have narrowly avoided injury after being repeatedly fired at by a pistol-wielding gunman in Adelaide’s northern suburbs.

A group of people who arrived at the scene at 9.35pm had to be restrained by police from entering the crime scene. One woman had to be tackled by three officers.

Minutes earlier, paramedics had gathered around the rear of the vehicle and they were believed to be checking a body for signs of life.

There were reports that an ambulance had earlier rushed a person to hospital.

Last month Giovanni was by his father’s side as Vince fronted court to face charges relating to a brawl at a Plympton hotel.

Giovanni was stabbed in the stomach and chest outside his father’s Hindley Street tattoo parlour Ink Central on May 22, 2010.

Vince, who survived a gunman’s ambush on December 15 at Munno Para and whose alleged associates engaged in a gunfight at a North Adelaide cafe, broke his silence to counter rumours that the Comanchero Motorcycle Club is plagued by infighting.

In a statement signed by him and released by him earlier this month, he called for privacy.

“Mr Focarelli denies there is any disharmony or in-house fighting within the Comancheros Motorcycle Club,” the statement said.

Mr Caldicott said it appears that Focarelli has also made enemies with the Comancheros, a club he is not a member of despite claiming its presidency.

“No he isn’t,” Mr Caldicott said when asked if Mr Focarelli is a member.

“(His presidency) is a self appointed title as far as I’m aware.”

Despite the rift between rival bikie gangs Mr Caldicott speculated that the shooting may have been over a drug deal going sour.

“The fact that it was at an oval at Dry Creek would tend to suggest it being a drug deal going wrong,” Mr Caldicott said.

“It may not have been necessarily anything to do with bikies, rather other people that Mr Focarelli’s managed to alienate over the years.”

EARLIER

COMANCHERO bikie Vince Focarelli has refused to tell police who shot and killed his son Giovanni in a ”targeted attack” in Adelaide’s north last night.

Police at the scene confirmed that Giovanni’s body was in the back seat of a car on Prospect Rd, just outside Prospect Village Shopping Centre.

Police believe Focarelli – the self-proclaimed leader of the Comancheros SA chapter – and his son had been shot in a ”planned” attack at Flame Ave, Dry Creek.

Police have cordoned off the street and are doorknocking residents.

THE SCENE AT DRY CREEK

Bleeding from up to four bullet wounds, Focarelli bundled his son, 22, into his Ford sedan and drove down Prospect Rd where he flagged down a police patrol for help.

Detective Superintendent Grant Moyle said police have spoken to Focarelli at the Royal Adelaide Hospital but ”he has declined to provide us with any information that might assist us in identifying the offender”.

”I would suggest it was a very planned and targeted attack,” he said.

”We have a scene at Dry Creek where we believe the shooting did take place.

”We believe Mr Focarelli was driving from there down Prospect Rd where he has come across a patrol and has stopped in front of that and sought assistance.”

Det Supt Moyle could not say whether Giovanni died at the scene of the shooting or if he was alive when his father sought police help.

THE SCENE ON PROSPECT RD

Vince Focarelli had boasted only weeks ago that he was “The only man on the planet with nine lives”.

Ten police vehicles sealed off Prospect Rd within minutes of the first call for an ambulance around 9pm.

A witness said an ambulance officer had told them that whoever was responsible for the shooting was still on the loose.

A blue sedan with West Australian registration plates was parked on Prospect Rd with its headlights and hazard lights on.

A group of people who arrived at the scene at 9.35pm had to be restrained by police from entering the crime scene. One woman had to be tackled by three officers.

Minutes earlier, paramedics had gathered around the rear of the vehicle and were believed to be checking a body for signs of life.

A nearby Prospect Rd resident said: “I heard a loud noise.

“It was a strange sound. I came down and there were police already here.

“As I got here, they rushed someone from the car to the ambulance.”

Police were searching the immediate area around the car for evidence.

Focarelli shooting

Det Supt Moyle stopped short of calling the latest shooting a bikie war but said police are concerned that the situation could escalate.

After a court appearance earlier this month, Vince bragged on Facebook that he “feels like a rock star” from all the media attention generated by his narrow escapes.

It was posted on December 16, the day after surviving his third assassination attempt after being shot in the leg at Munno Para West.

Vince and Giovanni Focarelli

Giovanni, in his early 20s, was stabbed in the stomach and chest outside his father’s Hindley Street tattoo parlour Ink Central on May 22, 2010.

Vince, whose alleged associates engaged in a gunfight at a North Adelaide cafe, broke his silence to counter rumours that the Comanchero Motorcycle Club is plagued by infighting.

In a statement signed by him and released by him earlier this month, he called for privacy.

“Mr Focarelli denies there is any disharmony or in-house fighting within the Comancheros Motorcycle Club,” the statement said.

Family and friends of Vince and Giovanni Focarelli arrive at the Prospect Rd scene last night

So called COMANCHERO Bikie president Vince Focarelli’s son Giovanni shot dead in 4th assassination attempt


Comanchero member Giovanni Focarelli shot dead as club president father Vince survives fourth attempt to kill him…These guys play with fire they are going to get burnt, but this story is mostly yet to be told and the facts from fiction get sorted out…Shame for Giovanni to die in such circumstances though.

Giovanni Focarelli, right, with father Vince outside the Adelaide Magistrates Court on January 12 this year.

COMANCHERO bikie Vince Focarelli has refused to tell police who shot and killed his son Giovanni in a ”targeted attack” in Adelaide’s north last night. (Son or stepson, does it mater?)

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9AM UPDATE

BIKIE lawyer Craig Caldicott told ABC Radio this morning that Mr Focarelli has managed to alienate large sections of the bikie community

“I’ve only obtained information from the media and from other people who indicate the father had a falling out with a member of the Hell’s Angels on a personal level. They had been friends and suddenly there was a falling out.’

“Out of the genesis from that Focarelli appeared to try to protect himself and from the New Boys then tried to brand himself a Comanchero and has managed to alienate large sections of the bikies fraternity.

Mr Caldicott said it appears that Focarelli has also made enemies with the Comancheros – and claimed Focarelli was not a member of the club despite claiming its presidency.

“No he isn’t,” Mr Caldicott said when asked if Mr Focarelli is a member.

“(His presidency) is a self-appointed title as far as I’m aware.”

Police at the scene confirmed that Giovanni’s body was in the back seat of a car on Prospect Rd, just outside Prospect Village Shopping Centre in Adelaide.

An SA ambulance spokeswoman said that a man with multiple gunshot wounds had been taken to Royal Adelaide Hospital.

She said he was in stable condition and walking when ambulance crews arrived at the scene.

Police confirmed the man was Vince Focarelli who has been the target of previous three assassination attempts.

Ten police vehicles sealed off Prospect Rd within minutes of the first reports about 9pm.

Police search the vehicle in which Giovanni Focarelli's body was found in.

A blue sedan with West Australian registration plates was parked on Prospect Rd outside the shopping centre and Giovanni’s body was inside. The cars headlights and hazard lights were on.

TWO young women have narrowly avoided injury after being repeatedly fired at by a pistol-wielding gunman in Adelaide’s northern suburbs.

A group of people who arrived at the scene at 9.35pm had to be restrained by police from entering the crime scene. One woman had to be tackled by three officers.

Minutes earlier, paramedics had gathered around the rear of the vehicle and they were believed to be checking a body for signs of life.

There were reports that an ambulance had earlier rushed a person to hospital.

Last month Giovanni was by his father’s side as Vince fronted court to face charges relating to a brawl at a Plympton hotel.

Giovanni was stabbed in the stomach and chest outside his father’s Hindley Street tattoo parlour Ink Central on May 22, 2010.

Vince, who survived a gunman’s ambush on December 15 at Munno Para and whose alleged associates engaged in a gunfight at a North Adelaide cafe, broke his silence to counter rumours that the Comanchero Motorcycle Club is plagued by infighting.

In a statement signed by him and released by him earlier this month, he called for privacy.

“Mr Focarelli denies there is any disharmony or in-house fighting within the Comancheros Motorcycle Club,” the statement said.

Mr Caldicott said it appears that Focarelli has also made enemies with the Comancheros, a club he is not a member of despite claiming its presidency.

“No he isn’t,” Mr Caldicott said when asked if Mr Focarelli is a member.

“(His presidency) is a self appointed title as far as I’m aware.”

Despite the rift between rival bikie gangs Mr Caldicott speculated that the shooting may have been over a drug deal going sour.

“The fact that it was at an oval at Dry Creek would tend to suggest it being a drug deal going wrong,” Mr Caldicott said.

“It may not have been necessarily anything to do with bikies, rather other people that Mr Focarelli’s managed to alienate over the years.”

EARLIER

COMANCHERO bikie Vince Focarelli has refused to tell police who shot and killed his son Giovanni in a ”targeted attack” in Adelaide’s north last night.

Police at the scene confirmed that Giovanni’s body was in the back seat of a car on Prospect Rd, just outside Prospect Village Shopping Centre.

Police believe Focarelli – the self-proclaimed leader of the Comancheros SA chapter – and his son had been shot in a ”planned” attack at Flame Ave, Dry Creek.

Police have cordoned off the street and are doorknocking residents.

THE SCENE AT DRY CREEK

Bleeding from up to four bullet wounds, Focarelli bundled his son, 22, into his Ford sedan and drove down Prospect Rd where he flagged down a police patrol for help.

Detective Superintendent Grant Moyle said police have spoken to Focarelli at the Royal Adelaide Hospital but ”he has declined to provide us with any information that might assist us in identifying the offender”.

”I would suggest it was a very planned and targeted attack,” he said.

”We have a scene at Dry Creek where we believe the shooting did take place.

”We believe Mr Focarelli was driving from there down Prospect Rd where he has come across a patrol and has stopped in front of that and sought assistance.”

Det Supt Moyle could not say whether Giovanni died at the scene of the shooting or if he was alive when his father sought police help.

THE SCENE ON PROSPECT RD

Vince Focarelli had boasted only weeks ago that he was “The only man on the planet with nine lives”.

Ten police vehicles sealed off Prospect Rd within minutes of the first call for an ambulance around 9pm.

A witness said an ambulance officer had told them that whoever was responsible for the shooting was still on the loose.

A blue sedan with West Australian registration plates was parked on Prospect Rd with its headlights and hazard lights on.

A group of people who arrived at the scene at 9.35pm had to be restrained by police from entering the crime scene. One woman had to be tackled by three officers.

Minutes earlier, paramedics had gathered around the rear of the vehicle and were believed to be checking a body for signs of life.

A nearby Prospect Rd resident said: “I heard a loud noise.

“It was a strange sound. I came down and there were police already here.

“As I got here, they rushed someone from the car to the ambulance.”

Police were searching the immediate area around the car for evidence.

Focarelli shooting

Det Supt Moyle stopped short of calling the latest shooting a bikie war but said police are concerned that the situation could escalate.

After a court appearance earlier this month, Vince bragged on Facebook that he “feels like a rock star” from all the media attention generated by his narrow escapes.

It was posted on December 16, the day after surviving his third assassination attempt after being shot in the leg at Munno Para West.

Vince and Giovanni Focarelli

Giovanni, in his early 20s, was stabbed in the stomach and chest outside his father’s Hindley Street tattoo parlour Ink Central on May 22, 2010.

Vince, whose alleged associates engaged in a gunfight at a North Adelaide cafe, broke his silence to counter rumours that the Comanchero Motorcycle Club is plagued by infighting.

In a statement signed by him and released by him earlier this month, he called for privacy.

“Mr Focarelli denies there is any disharmony or in-house fighting within the Comancheros Motorcycle Club,” the statement said.

Family and friends of Vince and Giovanni Focarelli arrive at the Prospect Rd scene last night

Toby Mitchell shooting- "Prisoners on War" Jail Gang link


AN underworld criminal linked with powerful jail gang Prisoners of War is being investigated over the public shooting of bikie enforcer Toby Mitchell.

Danielle McGuire outside Royal Melbourne Hospital on Friday, as were several Bandidos members. Inset: Toby Mitchell. (This Image digitally enhanced by the Herald Sun)

The feared jail gang leader and an associate led police on a short chase in the city on Thursday before being arrested with a pistol.

The gun was found under the front seat of a luxury car that was being driven the wrong way up tram tracks on Collins St.

The gun was not the same firearm used to blast up to six bullets at Mitchell – the Bandidos sergeant-at-arms – near a supermarket carpark in Brunswick three days earlier.

Police also found what they believe to be a gym floor plan in the car.

Mitchell was shot outside Doherty’s Gym while talking to owner Tony Doherty.

Following the city arrests, police conducted further raids in Skye and Mill Park.

Detectives initially denied there was a link between the city arrests and the Mitchell shooting.

Toby Mitchell lost a kidney and part of his liver after being shot multiple times in Brunswick

Mitchell has refused to make a statement to police from his hospital bed and investigators have chosen not to release CCTV footage from Bandidos security cameras outside their Weston St clubhouse, next to the gym.

Mitchell was repeatedly shot as he ran from his attackers and has had surgery to remove a kidney.

It is believed he was placed in an induced coma at the weekend and has also lost part of his liver.

Sources have told the Herald Sun that Mitchell was shot up to five times.

The daylight shooting in front of schoolchildren and shoppers has the potential to escalate into a deadly war between organised crime figures and outlaw bikies.

It is believed the Mitchell shooting is related to a planned hit on his predecessor as Bandidos sergeant-at-arms, Lee Undy.

Undy was jailed for 22 months last month over firearm offences, leaving Mitchell to take over his enforcer position at the club.

A feud, which has led to heavy-handed treatment of underworld figures by Undy and Mitchell over drugs, is believed to be at the centre of the conflict.

Undy, who drives a Ferrari and has a tattoo “FTW” (f— the world), on his face, was a regular visitor to Thailand and Dubai.

The court heard last month Undy was arming himself after police warned him of the threat to his life.

One of the theories to emerge about the Mitchell hit was that it was ordered by a player in Melbourne’s drug trade.

Another is that an underworld figure’s arms were broken by Bandidos.

It was also claimed that Roberta Williams’ fiance Rob Carpenter had been bashed by club members.

In other developments:

POLICE know where the Ford Territory used by the gunmen was stolen from.

A GANGLAND figure photographed at the funeral of Williams’ henchman Benji Veniamin, who is a King St regular, had his arms broken by members of a bikie gang.

LEADING bikie figures have been to Asia helping set up new chapters.