A REBELS bikie has been found guilty of murdering a member of a rival gang.
John Bedson was today convicted in the Melbourne Supreme Court of killing Bandido Ross Brand in a shooting outside a Geelong clubhouse on October 22, 2008.
He was also found guilty of a charge of intentionally causing serious injury.
During the trial, prosecutor Chris Ryan, SC, said Bedson had fired at a group of men leaving the Bandidos‘ clubhouse, hitting Brand, 51, in the forehead.
Paul Szerwinski, who was not a Bandido, was hit in the thigh and wrist, but survived.
Mr Ryan said that as he was being driven away, Mr Bedson said, ”I think I got one”, and later told associates, ”there’s a couple of them lying on the ground”.
Mr Szerwinski told the court he had noticed a twin-cab ute pull up nearby as he was leaving the club.
”We heard shots, and ricocheting, or the bullets hitting somewhere, and we have bolted back inside to get out of the fire,” he said.
”We’ve turned to run back into the clubhouse. As we’ve gotten through the doorway I’ve stumbled over Ross, because he had been hit.”
Mr Ryan said the shooting stemmed from a fight at the Geelong Cup earlier in the day, between men associated with each of the rivals and a group instigated by Mr Bedson called Death Before Dishonour.
Bedson, 26, had pleaded not guilty to the murder.
Defence counsel Ian Hayden said his client had gone to the Bandidos clubhouse to ”shoot it up” and saw Mr Brand reaching for a gun.
He said Mr Bedson fired out of ”fear and panic”.
The shooting had been a bungled attempt at property damage, which ended with one man dead and one injured.
”The defence is, there was no murderous intent,” Mr Hayden said.