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Another bikie charged over assault and kidnapping

A 23-year-old member of the Rebels Penrith chapter has been arrested and charged in relation to the kidnapping and assault of a man in May.

He is the seventh member of the gang to be charged in relation to the offence.

On Saturday, May 10, police were made aware of an incident where a 45-year-old man had allegedly been abducted and assaulted by a number of men.

The man was allegedly attacked by the men outside a property in Castlereagh during the evening of Thursday 8 May 2014, before he was taken inside the property, tied up and repeatedly assaulted.

On Saturday, May 10, the man regained consciousness and found an opportunity to escape. He was able to contact a friend, who transported him to hospital where he was treated for a number of injuries to his head, torso and limbs.

Detectives from State Crime Command’s Gangs Squad formed Strike Force Salsola to investigate the incident.

Police inquiries established that four cars, a speed boat, three quad bikes and other property were stolen during the assault.

Earlier this month, Strike Force Salsola detectives arrested and charged six members of the Rebels outlaw motorcycle gang – including high-ranking members from the Penrith and Liverpool chapters – in relation to the kidnapping. All six are currently before the courts.

Last Friday, detectives attended a government facility in Lithgow, where they formally charged a 23-year-old man with special aggravated kidnapping. The man was remanded in custody to appear before Penrith Local Court on Thursday.

The investigation by Strike Force Salsola continues.