A life member of the Rebels bikie
club is behind bars, accused of the bashing death of a
man on the NSW Central Coast last year.
Fifty-year-old Colin Crane, who is
also a former Rebels club president, is charged with the
murder of Clint Starkey at a service station at Peats
Ridge last April.
He is the seventh person to be
charged in connection with Mr Starkey's death.
Mr Starkey, 42, suffered
critical head injuries and died in Sydney's Royal North
Shore Hospital two months after alleged attack.
During Mr Crane's first
appearance in Gosford Local Court today, police alleged
the father-of-two "ordered the murder of" Mr Starkey.
In applying for bail, Mr
Crane's lawyer questioned the strength of the Crown's
case, arguing it was all circumstantial.
He told the court Mr Crane
suffered from sleep apnoea and required a machine to
sleep at night — which may not be allowed in prison.
The police prosecutor
highlighted Mr Crane's links with the Rebels, saying he
had "little more than a passing contact" with the club,
having a life membership.
The court heard there was a
real risk that a widespread Rebels network could "spirit
In refusing Mr Crane's bail,
the magistrate said it was "a very serious charge" and
agreed with prosecution concerns about him interfering
with witnesses and being a flight risk.
The matter will return to court
again on Friday.