THE Hunter bikie war was already bubbling along when Finks enforcer Troy Vanderlight and a member of the Nomads went toe-to-toe in a car park at Charlestown Square in January this year.
But by the next day things had escalated further and Mr Vanderlight’s home was now a target. First it was shot up, then it was firebombed.
And then, a month later, it was shot up again, this time with a high-powered rifle.
Mr Vanderlight was at Charlestown to visit a tattoo parlour for a full day of work to remove a Gladiators tattoo from his leg, according to documents tendered in the NSW Supreme Court as part of Serious Crime Prevention Order against members of the Nomads. The Nomad was a walk in customer. It was a chance meeting.
On Wednesday, Mr Vanderlight was arrested and charged with affray in relation to the brawl with the Nomad at Charlestown on January 14 and participating in a criminal group since October last year.
On Thursday morning his house at Tenambit was searched as part of sweeping dawn raids across the Lower Hunter. In total, more than 280 police officers raided 31 properties and arrested 13 members and associates of the Nomads and Finks.
Most were granted conditional bail, but Mr Vanderlight was locked up.
He applied for release in Maitland Local Court on Friday, his barrister Nicolas Moir telling Magistrate John Chicken he should be granted conditional bail due to the likely delay in the matter.
Mr Chicken said the Nomad was unlikely to give evidence, because of “the long history of outlaw motorcycle groups not cooperating”.
He invited police to provide more detail about what they say Mr Vanderlight contributed to the gang’s illegal activity, refusing him bail until Tuesday.