Rebels bikes arrested after man in Yarrawonga bashed
Police allege sergeant-at-arms Shannon Althouse and president Andy Summerfield returned to the Yarrawonga storage shed wearing balaclavas and armed with an “axe-style” weapon on Thursday night.
The pair intended to attack the driver at an auto-repair businesses on McCourt Rd in an act of retribution, but instead a 47-year-old man bore the brunt of their anger, police will allege.
Althouse and Summerfield left the victim with multiple fractures to his arm and cuts to his head and neck, it is alleged.
Althouse was charged with attempted murder and Summerfield with intending serious harm and causing serious harm. Both men were charged with unlawful entry.
Summerfield appeared in Darwin Local Court yesterday and was refused bail by Judge Michael Carey.
Defence Lawyer Peter Maley said the police case involved no DNA or fingerprint evidence and the alleged victim’s statement identifying Summerfield was weak.
But prosecutor Sandy Lau said Summerfield was not “a stranger to the victim”.
She said police would produce CCTV footage of the weapons being purchased from Bunnings on Althouse’s credit card.
“In relation to the search warrant that happened three days after alleged offending ... balaclavas were found burnt,” she said.
Althouse was in hospital and remanded in custody until Friday. The next day, the two men were arrested at a Gray property by heavily armed police during a dawn raid.
A shirtless and visibly overweight Summerfield was led away by members of the Territory Response Group.
Althouse, wearing a black T-shirt, was flanked by two TRG officers.
Two weeks ago, Summerfield made a mercy dash for help after a white ute ploughed into Althouse in an apparent hit and run.
Police began to investigate the incident but no formal complaint was ever made.
Summerfield desperately drove to the Palmerston GP Super clinic as Althouse began coughing up blood.
Althouse was placed in an induced coma after the incident and claimed on social media he died twice in the ambulance while en route to Royal Darwin Hospital.
Althouse had emergency surgery and bore the scars of his ordeal in a sizeable incision on his side.
Yesterday, a wad of $50 notes was spotted left on the ground outside the auto business and a number of people coming and going from the premises.