Hells Angels enforcer Peter ‘Skitzo’ Hewat arrested
- Herald Sun
- October 09, 2014
Peter ‘Skitzo’ Hewat was charged on 49 counts and remanded in custody after appearing in an out-of-sessions court hearing last night.
The 59-year-old, of Mountain View Lane Mickelham, told the bail justice he should be freed because he was a hardworking businessman and needed to care for his sick wife.
Hewat was arrested by detectives from the anti-bikie Echo taskforce following an investigation into his towing business and a number of raids on his home and that of his son.
The court heard that police had intercepted a vehicle in Craigieburn yesterday after officers days earlier noticed stolen wheels on the same car.
Detective Acting Sergeant Chris O’Brien said that Hewat was in the passenger seat when it was intercepted by police.
Police allege they found a blister pack of the drug sildenafil, better known as Viagra, which detectives allege could be used as a “poison”.
Acting Sgt O’Brien said that police were not aware of Hewat having a prescription for the medication.
The wheels had been taken from a stolen Mitsubishi Utility, which police had recovered at Hewat’s son’s home.
“In the vehicle in which Mr Hewat was travelling was an aluminium baseball bat under the driver’s seat,” he said.
The court heard police had searched Hewat’s son’s home and seized CCTV footage of Hewat driving while suspended and driving during hours outside of his curfew.
In May this year he was let out on bail on a number of conditions, including that he remain inside his home between 9pm and 6am.
Warrants were yesterday executed at Hewat’s home and at his business in Technical Drive, Craigieburn.
In opposing bail, Sgt O’Brien said Hewat was an “unacceptable risk”.
Hewat said he needed to be home to supervise his wife’s medication, but police argued that his wife had not been living with him for some time.
“I run a business. I’m there seven days a week,” he said.
“I’ve never not turned up on bail, I’ve never ... been a flight risk.”
Hewat was charged with a range of offences including resisting police, possessing a dangerous article, handling stolen goods and possessing schedule for poison.
He was remanded in custody to appear in the Melbourne Magistrate’s Court today.
It is believed Hewat is on the outer with the Hells Angels who do not want to attract attention to the club.
The Herald Sun can also reveal Hewat continues to be active in the towing industry and has been in a takeover bid of a rival company.
Hewat has been linked to the escalating violence of the tow truck industry and has even attempted to secure sensitive emails through Freedom of Information.
VicRoads, which was investigating Hells Angel Peter ``Skitzo’’ Hewat at the time, rejected his application after it was red flagged.
It’s believed Hewat applied for emails between the Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce and VicRoads, sent in secret because tow truck drivers intimidated and bashed were too scared to make official complaints directly to investigative bodies VicRoads or Victoria Police.
Witnesses say thuggery in the towing industry continues despite government attempts to stamp out rogue operators with new laws.
One truck driver was so badly injured he could not get back in a truck for several years.
There have been critics of the industry’s “fit and proper person’’ tests.