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The Mongols motorcycle gang sergeant-at-arms robbed a man of the drug ice and cash at gunpoint and then later tried to force his victim to withdraw a statement made to police, a court has heard.
Shane Middleton, 27, faces having his current jail term increased after pleading guilty to armed robbery and attempting to prevent the course of justice.
Middleton was last year jailed for five years, to serve at least three, for drug trafficking and possessing a firearm — a silver handgun — and the proceeds of crime.
It was that handgun he used to rob the man of cash, a quantity of ice, two mobile phones and a wallet at a Clayton South reserve about 11pm on July 7, 2015, the County Court heard on Monday.
"I am f------ robbing you, dickhead," Middleton told the man before threatening and ordering him to get in the boot of his own car.
At one point, he also said: "If you try to run I'll pop ya."
Prosecutor Sally Flynn told the court the man had earlier bought the ice and phoned a woman to ask if she wanted to smoke with him, but was surprised when she arrived at the reserve with Middleton in her car.
After the robbery, Middleton and the woman drove off, and the victim got out of his boot and raised the alarm, Ms Flynn said. He was able to identify Middleton because of his distinctive facial tattoos.
After his arrest and while in custody, Middleton regularly discussed with partner Renee Comeadow, brother Simon and Angelos Anagnostou, an associate who knew the victim, how to get the man to withdraw the statement he made to police, the court heard.
On February 20 last year Anagnostou told the man to retract the statement because "Shane's not happy" he was "locked up", the court heard. But the man said the matter was out of his hands. That contact was the only approach made to the victim.
Defence counsel Christopher Farrington said his client was a talented baseballer as a boy, but his life changed tack when he injured his pitching arm and then in his late teens was rocked by the death of a friend in a fight.
He joined the Mongols when his life lacked direction, the court heard previously.
Middleton's mother previously wrote a letter asking judge Bill Stuart to look beyond the "facade" of her son's tattoos and recognise his prospects for rehabilitation.
Mr Farrington said the daughter Middleton had with Comeadow served as motivation to turn his life around, stay off drugs and distance himself from motorcycle gangs. He sees his daughter, now aged two, twice a week in prison, the court heard.
Judge Stuart said Middleton's prospects for rehabilitation were "almost nil" unless he stopped using drugs.
Comeadow, 28, pleaded guilty to attempting to pervert the course of justice and committing an indictable offence while on bail.
She was last year spared jail and her bail extended on Monday. She and her partner will be sentenced at a later date.
Simon Middleton and Anagnostou are due to appear before court in May.