New evidence emerges agains bikies
involved in notorious Gold Coast riot
September 05, 201412:00AM
Jacques Teamo and his fellow
Bandidos went to Broadbeach with the intention
of causing mayhem, police will allege.
EXPLOSIVE new evidence has
emerged against bikies involved in last year’s notorious
Gold Coast brawl which sparked the state’s tough
The evidence, obtained at secret Crime and
Corruption Commission “star chamber” hearings, will be used
by police in the state’s biggest bikie trial this month, and
came to light yesterday during a court bid by accused brawl
ringleader Jacques Teamo for a separate trial.
Police prosecutor Eric Engwirda told the
court the new evidence had been obtained from 11 witnesses
who had given evidence that Teamo and his fellow Bandidos
went to Broadbeach with the “intention to engage in a
demonstration of force and to bash members of other (bikie)
Senior Sergeant Engwirda said the evidence
showed that Teamo was at the restaurant and made “specific
Teamo is alleged to have instigated the
riot by leading a posse of bikies into the Aura Tapas and
Lounge Bar at Broadbeach on September 27 to threaten two
rival Finks bikie associates.
Gold Coast bikie brawl
caught on cop cam
The showdown was reported to have been
sparked by a love triangle involving Teamo, one of the Finks
associates and a woman. The riot led the Newman Government
to introduce the anti-gang laws.
In an application for a stand-alone trial
yesterday, Teamo’s barrister Marcin Lazinski told the court
there was “no admissible evidence” of rioting against his
client and he would be prejudiced by a joint trial.
“There is no admissible evidence of
threats of violence, nor is there any evidence that my
client engaged (in) or used violence,” he said. “We are
happy to proceed (to trial) – it’s just that we want to
proceed by ourselves.”
A mass trial of more than 20 of the
alleged brawl participants is due to begin in Southport
Magistrates Court on September 15, but several, including
Teamo, have applied for separate hearings.
Former Moorooka Bandido Jonathan James
Casiotis last week became the first to successfully secure
his own trial in February next year.
But ex-Brisbane chapter president Adam
White and former vice-president Ahmed Kaddour on Wednesday
failed in a bid for separate trials.
Magistrate Terry Duroux said the new
evidence could open a “Pandora’s box” and delay the mass
trial. He will hand down his decision on Teamo’s application
for a separate trial this morning.