The former Hells Angels "Brisbane City
Crew" in their glory days.Source: Supplied
THE world’s most notorious outlaw
motorcycle gang has been reduced to the size of a volleyball
team in Queensland.
The Hells Angels have seen their local ranks
plummet to as few as six active members, according to police
Their numbers have been decimated amid an
unprecedented political and police assault on bikie gangs – but also
because of serious internal divisions and violence.
The Sunday Mail can
reveal that Sydney-based bikie Zeljko “Steve” Mitrovic was the
founding president of the Hells Angels’ first inner city Brisbane
chapter before his murder over an unrelated underworld dispute in
January last year.
Those who mourned him include onetime Brisbane
Bronco turned Hells Angel enforcer Michael Spence, who was a
pallbearer at Mitrovic’s funeral, and accused drug traffickers Nuno
and Bruno Da Silva, who were handed their club “colours” by Mitrovic.
Taskforce Maxima boss Mick Niland said the
“Brisbane City Crew” had “collapsed” with the arrest of Spence, its
sergeant-at-arms, and the Da Silvas – Nuno being its treasurer –
over an alleged ice trafficking ring last October.
The trio had quit the club and made plans to melt
down their Hells Angels gold jewellery. As they were no longer be
members, the laws which punished club members with extra jail terms
and slashed bail prospects would no longer apply to them.
A special police taskforce
investigating multi-million dollar bikie scams
has seized hundreds of thousands of dollars in
cash and property during raids from Brisbane to
the Gold Coast.
The Brisbane City Crew at one stage – under the
influence of Mitrovic’s co-founder Peter Sidirourgous – was vying to
become the “senior” Brisbane chapter over the Hells Angels’ original
All references to the crew, which once posed for a
group photo in a Kangaroo Point park at the foot of the Story
Bridge, have been pulled from the Angels’ worldwide website.
One senior bikie source claimed the true number of
Hells Angels locally was between 15 and 20.
However, the Sunday Mail has been able to identify
only three active Hells Angels members locally.
They are Brisbane chapter president Mark Nelms,
who retains the chair of the bikies’ lobby group the United
Motorcycle Council of Queensland, treasurer Terry McCormick, and
building and security industry figure Jeff Ehlers.
Sidirourgous, who also founded the Angels’ Gold
Coast chapter with Mitrovic in 2012, is said to be virtually based
in Sydney now despite his ongoing ownership of Gold Coast gyms.
A bikie associate has been
charged after police executed five search
warrants at residential addresses in Brisbane
and on the Gold Coast.
Sources said some departures from the local
Angels’ ranks had come well before the Newman government’s crackdown
One member who had just been released from prison
was violently ejected from the club and told he was not suitable.
Another member who quit months before the
crackdown was Matt Lucas, who along with Sidirourgous and Spence had
an interest in Norman Park tattoo parlour Platinum Ink.
Lucas’ parlour was attacked in 2012 by the same
masked men with baseball bats that put the Da Silvas in hospital
when they invaded Millennium Locks 45 minutes later.
Hells Angels members suspected members of the
Bandidos’ Centro chapter in the attack.
Ironically, Lucas is a friend of one-time Bandidos
Centro president George Bejat, with whom he was jailed over a
cocaine trafficking ring busted by the Australian Crime Commission