Rebels bikie sentenced to 34 years in jail
for murder of man over rare motorbike
club member John Richard Weston has been sentenced to 34 years in
jail for murdering a man over a rare motorbike.
Weston, 37, shot and killed
29-year-old Laurie Starling outside his Gosford custom car building
business in 2014.
The pair had been arguing over the
ownership of a unique motorbike, which the bikies had taken from Mr
Starling against his wishes.
A group of the Rebels club
travelled to Mr Starling to "touch him up" when Weston shot him
twice in the stomach.
In sentencing, Justice Stephen
Rothman said the crime was "detestable and gravely reprehensible, if
not extremely wicked".
"The level of callousness is a
matter of significant concern," he said.
"The murder was essentially on
a whim, without regard to societal norms."
Weston was handed a 34-year
maximum sentence with a non-parole period of 25 years and six
The heavily tattooed Weston showed
no emotion when his sentence was handed down.
With time served, he would be
eligible for parole in 2041.
'Ambushed in the dark'
Mr Starling's mother, Julia
Starling, welcomed the long sentence.
"That horrible, violent man had to
be put away for a very long time, but he's still alive and our son
isn't," she said.
"We got a life sentence and
[Weston will] be allowed out."
"[Laurie] was 29 years old and
he'd done so much in his life already … he had his whole future
ahead of him.
"He's been denied that … he was
ambushed in the dark on his own. He was defenceless and that should
never have happened.
"He stood up to [the bikies] and
they didn't like that."