A BIKIE whose Thebarton gym has
been burnt in the second arson attack on his properties in four
days has won the right to appeal his deportation.
In the Federal Court on Wednesday,
Andrew Peter Stevens, the treasurer of the Mongols outlaw gang, was
granted an expedited court hearing over his deportation.
Just hours earlier, police and
firefighters were called to the Adelaide Gym, on Dalgleish St, just
after 3.30am on Wednesday.
“Upon arrival patrols discovered a
small fire at the front of premises which burnt itself out,” a
police spokesman said.
Police said the front door of the
gym, which previously housed the Finks and then Mongols clubroom,
suffered minor damage.
They are investigating the
Counsel for Stevens, who is
fighting a heart condition, succeeded in in their bid to have his
appeal heard next month.
Hyperperformance Cycles at
Ridgehaven, a business also allegedly owned by Stevens,
was lost to fire on Saturday.
The fire destroyed motorcycles, tools and fuel and left a $200,000
Stevens is currently being held in
immigration detention on Christmas Island, following
the cancellation of his visa in June.
Both he and key Comanchero Paul
Burgess were taken into custody when Immigration Minister Peter
Dutton ordered their deportation on character grounds.
Hundreds of bikies, sex offenders
and drug traffickers have had their visas cancelled, including more
than 80 in the past two years.
Adelaide underworld figure Leonard
was deported to his native Albania in late
Richmond AFL footballer Dustin
had links to bikie gangs and was deported to
New Zealand earlier this year.
On Wednesday, Dr Rachael Gray, for
Stevens, said her client’s opposition to deportation was based on
both constitutional and administrative issues.
She said the administrative issues
could and should be argued separately, at an expedited hearing,
because they could resolve the case without the need for
“We say there is a knockout point,
raised by a prior case,” she said.
“In that (earlier) case, the
Minister failed to consider the risk of harm posed by that person
and the court ruled that was an error.
“We say it’s the same point here,
and there’s no lack of clarity in that.”
She urged the court to hear the
application in September, pointing to Stevens’ ongoing health
“My client has a heart condition
and Christmas Island is a considerable distance from the nearest
treatment centre,” she said.
Justice Natalie Charlesworth
granted the application, ordering the administrative issues be
argued next month.
In March, The Advertiser
Adelaide Gym had been established in December
last year on
property owned by Stevens.
In June, the Adelaide Gym was also
a break-in where a single bottle of Gatorade