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Outlaw bikie gang president charged with murder of NSW Central Coast man Laurie Starling


The president of an outlaw motorcycle gang has been charged with the murder of a man on the Central Coast last year.

Earlier this year, police said they believed the men responsible for the shooting murder of 29-year-old Laurie Starling in West Gosford on July 24 last year were members of an outlaw motorcycle gang.

Mr Starling was shot several times outside the front of his business and died at the scene.

CCTV captured a silver or grey Toyota Corolla hatchback fleeing the scene with three men inside who police believe were involved in the murder.

Detective Inspector Grant Taylor said Mr Starling was not known to police or believed to be involved with organised crime.

"By all intents and purposes he was a businessman going about his daily duties and unfortunately got in the way of a dispute which was directly connected with the Rebels outlaw motorcycle gang," he said.

"On the night that Laurie was murdered it is believed he was directly targeted and that targeting of Mr Starling related to a dispute between two different parties."

The 35-year-old Rebels Windsor Chapter president was arrested at a Kingswood home earlier today and was charged with murder at St Marys Police Station.

Police believe there were three people at the scene of the murder, but they allege it was the 35-year-old who actually shot Mr Starling dead.


The man was refused bail and is expected to appear before Penrith Local Court later today.

A number of items were seized from the Kingswood home including steroids, while officers also searched a property at Quakers Hill, which police said is the property of a Rebels associate.

In April this year, police also charged a 29-year-old man with Mr Starling's murder, as well as supplying a firearm and possessing ammunition without authority.

Detective Inspector Taylor said police were still searching for the third person believed to be present at the shooting.

"We're not only pursuing the individuals who were directly involved in the murder of Laurie Starling but we are also chasing those who have organised his murder," he said.

Mr Starling was a popular figure in the motor industry and a judge in the annual Summernats festival.

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