“inflamed” the infamous Gold
Coast bikie brawl with their
“extremely violent” reaction to
the incident, a court has been
footage played to Southport
Magistrates Court yesterday showed
officers, Tasers drawn, in an angry
confrontation with a large group of
Bandidos bikies, screaming threats
“Put your hands
behind your back, motherf---er,” one
officer is heard to yell.
negotiations to calm the situation,
another officer warns a senior
bikie: “There’s a lot of young boys
(junior police officers) with guns …
“You’ve got to get
them (the other bikies) back.”
Coast Bikie Brawl
between the Bandidos and
Finks at Broadbeach.
Picture: A Current
The footage was
played during the trial of Bandido
Peter Mauric, who has pleaded not
guilty to rioting during the brawl
outside the Aura Tapas and Lounge
Bar in Broadbeach in September
Mauric, 45, was
one of 10 Bandidos due to face trial
this week over the brawl. However,
the other nine, including accused
ringleader Jacques Teamo, pleaded
guilty on Monday.
yesterday, Aura waitress Sarah Page
told the court that she picked up
knives and forks seconds before the
brawl erupted because she felt
“something was about to happen”.
She told of
hearing a crash and seeing customers
fleeing and police tasering one
photographer Martin Brookes also
gave evidence, telling how he
switched his camera to video mode to
secretly film the brawl.
Mauric arrives at court.
Pics Adam Head
Mr Brookes said he
heard the “very, very loud” rumble
of motorbikes and then saw a large
group of “very intimidating” bikies.
He said several
“serious” bikies walked in and one
with a shaved head and tattooed face
whistled and told his fellow gang
members outside: “Oi, everyone
Mr Brookes said a
fight erupted outside, with Finks
bikie rival Jason Trouchet throwing
the first punch.
More punches were
thrown and tables were knocked over
in what was “basically a ruckus”, Mr
Brookes told the court.
Brookes gave evidence.
Pics Adam Head
One police officer
who attended the brawl, Constable
Brett Tanton, told how he exchanged
punches with a Bandido before
calling for urgent back-up.
“I deemed it a
very dangerous situation,” he said.
screaming at us, yelling at us,
telling us to let them go.”
said he put Trouchet in the back of
a police van “for his own safety”
after he was surrounded by Bandidos
screaming: “There’s JT … he’s a f---ing