Police say Richard
Michail told couple ‘I’m with the Finks
and we run the Gold Coast’
A FORMER Finks
sergeant-at-arms charged with bashing
two people in a dispute over a Gold
Coast sex shop has been granted bail.
Michail, 40, was extradited from Melbourne
last week and appeared in Southport
Magistrates Court yesterday on charges of
extortion and grievous bodily harm.
The grievous bodily harm
charge relates to an incident involving a
Mermaid Beach sex shop in July 2004. Police
will allege the owners of the shop were in
discussions with Michail’s partner, a Gold
Coast signwriter, over new signage for the
The deal went sour and Michail
allegedly confronted the couple, telling
them: “You don’t know who I am. I’m with the
Finks and we run the Gold Coast.”
Defence lawyer Christopher
Hannay applied for bail for his client,
telling the court Michail had to return to
Melbourne to adhere to previous parole
conditions there. He said a $50,000 cash
surety had been posted for Michail in
Victoria and argued there was no need for
another in Queensland.
Michail, 40, faced Southport
Magistrates Court yesterday.
O’Driscoll granted Michail conditional bail,
stipulating the surety must be paid within
seven days of his appearance.
Michail will reappear in
the same court on July 29.