Nomads president part of a trend of
young bikies on the Coast
Alexandria Utting, Gold Coast
IS youth the new look for the
Gold Coast’s outlaw criminal motorcycle gangs?
Police allege baby-faced
Jordan Anthony Rance is the president of the Gold Coast chapter
of the Nomads.
Last week the 22-year-old was
extradited from NSW and charged with a spate of offences –
including robbery with violence and extortion – in relation to
an alleged drug debt.
Police yesterday told the
Southport Magistrates Court a tattoo of a one per cent symbol on
Rance’s hand was evidence he was a bikie.
However, Rance’s barrister
Chris Rosser said the suggestion his client, whose girlfriend is
expecting their first child in the coming months, was involved
with an outlaw motorcycle gang or could have ascended to the
rank of president, was farcical.
“He is denying the allegations
completely,” Mr Rosser said.
“The prosecution haven’t put
up anything to say he is a member, or was a member ever, of a
criminal motorcycle gang.
“Any physical evidence can
show that a person is a member of an organisation but it can
only show it – it can’t necessarily prove it.
“He’s got a tattoo of a
swastika on his hand but he’s not a member of a Nazi party.”
Rance’s Facebook page, where
he goes by the name of “Phillip McDougal”, features multiple
images, posted as recently as June 12, in which Rance is wearing
Nomads clothing marked “president”.
In other posts he is pictured
with his partner and other men in Nomads colours.
On another Facebook page last
posted on in 2014, Rance describes himself as a model and actor
at Showcase Management, a promo staff member at Blush Nightclub
and a personal trainer at Jetts Fitness.
The young man’s alleged
affiliations come as Taskforce Maxima boss Detective
Superintendent Michael Niland said the demographics of bikie
gangs were changing, with younger members being actively
“The demographics are changing
and sometimes we’re seeing these young males join these clubs
without probationary periods because the gangs are trying to
attract young males,” he said.
“The trend is definitely
changing for a number of reasons but it seems younger people are
attracted to that sort of gang lifestyle and mentality.”
Det Supt Niland said young men
were rising to senior ranks as older members moved on.
“Sometimes they get these
positions because the hierarchy are moving on, or no one puts
their hand up for them,” he said.
“Some of the hierarchy have
moved on over the last three years as Gold Coast police have
applied the pressure and actively discouraged the lifestyle.”
Jordan Rance applied for bail
after being charged in relation to two alleged incidents in
Toowoomba in which the same victim was targeted.
In the first, police will
allege Rance took the victim’s car over a $7000 drug debt in
August 2015 but returned it when the victim’s parents paid the
In the second incident, in
December 2015, police allege Rance smashed his way into a
Toowoomba home and assaulted the victim over a debt.
The matter was adjourned for
magistrate Kay Philipson to look over both parties’ material.