Bikie jailed for kidnapping man who asked gang to give back his stolen Harley
The last of three bikies involved in kidnapping an associate and assaulting him in a car over a stolen Harley-Davidson has been jailed.
The victim was dragged from his home in the middle of the night two years ago after he had contacted members of the Vigilantes motorcycle club in the hope they would help return his $16,000 Harley, after it was stolen by Phillip Maynard at gunpoint the previous year.
Maynard got wind of the man's call to the club and on March 7, 2015 smashed his way into the man's home, confronted him and dragged him outside – all in front of the victim's terrified partner and children who were staying at the house.
Maynard and Peter Scott Riddle then drove the man to Deer Park, where another Vigilantes member, David Lee Gibb, was waiting with his car, County Court judge Philip Misso said on Tuesday.
Previous court hearings were told Maynard put the victim in the back of Gibb's car and repeatedly punched him, while Gibb drove along the Western Ring Road.
The man escaped when the car was stopped and he said he felt like he might be sick.
Maynard was last year jailed for seven years, and ordered to serve at least five years, after pleading guilty to aggravated burglary, armed robbery, intentionally causing injury and kidnapping.
Riddle pleaded guilty to kidnapping and while Judge Misso said he played a much lesser role than Maynard, he would have known of his friend's violent history and intention to take the victim back to the Vigilantes clubhouse.
"It was hardly likely that he wanted to have a cup of tea and a fireside chat with him," Judge Misso said.
Riddle was jailed for six months and when released must serve a two-year community corrections order comprising 100 hours of unpaid work and drug and alcohol counselling.
Gibbs was last year put on a community corrections order after pleading guilty to false imprisonment.