Bikie rats on ex-sniper boss to slash
jail sentence by eight years
September 23, 2015 3:12pm
A BIKIE who helped an ex-Army sniper flood Mildura
with the deadly drug ice has had more than eight years knocked off his
sentence for ratting on his boss.
The violent criminal, who cannot be named due to a
court-imposed gag order, was sentenced to four years and four months in
jail with a non-parole period of just 30 months.
The bikie pleaded guilty to trafficking a commercial
quantity of methamphetamine, and related drugs and violence charges.
The maximum penalty for the drug offence is 25 years
The County Court heard the man would have been given
13 years with a minimum of 10 years in jail had he not pleaded guilty
and turned prosecution witness.
Ultimately, the former Rebels and Comanchero bikie was
not even required to testify against his boss — a feared enforcer known
as the “White Devil”.
Joshua Faulkhead, 39, of Mildura, is unlikely to be so
lucky, despite pleading guilty to similar charges.
Judge Michael Bourke could hardly believe his ears
when told of the discount.
“It is remarkable,’’ he said.
Faulkhead’s accomplice was among nine co-offenders to
give evidence against the once-feared bikie boss.
Faulkhead pleaded guilty to one charge of trafficking
a commercial quantity of ice and related drug, dishonesty and violence
The court heard the Mildura native was the head of an
evil drug syndicate controlled by the Comancheros in Sydney.
Crown prosecutor Kieran Gilligan said Faulkhead was
tasked with overseeing the entire drug distribution operation in
Once in control, the ruthless overlord would force his
minions to undergo urine tests because he did not want his dealers
He then ordered a violent campaign against everyone he
believed owed the syndicate money, bashing people in full view of dozens
Police claimed Faulkhead, a high-ranking member the
Comancheros, terrorised people who owed drug debts by telling them he
was an infamous Army sniper known as the “White Devil’’ by terrified
He was arrested in January last year after two men
acting on his instructions were intercepted towing a vehicle that
contained 282.4 grams of methamphetamine of 80 per cent purity and 131.8
grams of cocaine at 70 per cent purity.
The vehicle had been crashed by a drug fiend used by
Faulkhead to courier cash and drugs to and from his Sydney suppliers.
The seized drugs had a street value of about $343,000.
Despite Faulkhead’s activities, forensic accountants
were unable to locate his suspected drug fortune, finding just one
suspicious bank deposit for $39,380.
Faulkhead’s barrister Peter Morrissey, SC, said his
client was in it purely for the money, but should receive some clemency
due to his services as an Australian soldier for six years.
“It has to matter that he fought for his country as a
soldier,’’ he said.
The court heard Faulkhead did two tours in East Timor
before being discharged for using steroids.
He went on to work as a private security escort in war
torn Iraq and Afghanistan where he was paid as much as $5000 a week.
Mr Morrissey said Faulkhead suffered significant post
traumatic stress due to his experiences in battle.
On returning to Australia as a personal trainer in
Queensland, he was recruited by the Comancheros and soon turned to
Faulkhead, who has already spent 610 days behind bars,
will be sentenced at a date to be fixed.