Brawl started to get police help, court told
| September 30th, 2013
Jason Trouchet was
charged with affray and appeared at
Southport Magistrate’s Court this
morning. He was released on bail to
reappear in court in November. Pic:
A MAN sparked a brawl outside
a Gold Coast restaurant so police would realise
his life was being threatened by up to 60 bikie
gang members, a court has heard.
Jason Trouchet, 39, and
associate Matthew Sward, 25, appeared in
Southport Magistrate’s Court today charged with
affray after the weekend brawl with several
members of the Bandidos motorcycle gang.
They both applied for and were
granted bail - Trouchet on condition he return
to his home in the Northern Territory and stay
away from the Gold Coast.
Trouchet was also ordered not
to contact Sward or to ‘threaten or harass’
Bandidos bikies or any prosecution witnesses.
Sward was bailed on conditions
including a ban from Broadbeach and Surfers
After being released from the
Southport watch-house, Trouchet boasted that he
and Sward had ‘outnumbered’ the 60 Bandidos
bikies who confronted them.
“Do you see a mark on my
face?” he said. “They were outnumbered.”
Trouchet said he had ‘no idea
mate’ why the Bandidos had picked on him but it
was a ‘very cowardly’ attack and he had no
choice but to retaliate.
“Just put yourself in my
position, that’s all I’ll say,” he said. “(We
were just) two diners having a quiet feed.”
He also said he had
deliberately taken the fight outside because he
did not want other diners caught up in the
“Mate I feel very sorry for
them (the public),” he said.
He said he would now
reluctantly leave the Gold Coast and return to
the Northern Territory to comply with his bail
“It’s as clear as day I’m not
a member of any motorcycle club, nor ever have
been,” he added.
Trouchet’s lawyer Jason
Jacobson earlier told the court his client
started the brawl in a bid to attract police
attention after he was threatened by up to 60
members of the bikie gang.
Mr Jacobson said Trouchet had
been told “this is it’’ by the lead member of 20
Bandidos who surrounded him while he dined at
Aura Restaurant at Broadbeach.
After saying, “Really? Not in
the restaurant, let’s take it outside’’,
Trouchet panicked when he saw a group of about
40 Bandidos waiting outside.
“It put him in a very
precarious situation,’’ Mr Jacobson said.
The court was told Trouchet
feared he would would be led ‘down a dark alley’
and ‘end up in a wheelchair or a coffin’.
He said the Bandidos entered
the Aura restaurant and had a heated
conversation with Trouchet and Sward.
A fight erupted and spilled
outside onto the footpath, forcing people
including families with children to cower in
Trouchet also was acting out
out of concern for the public, his lawyer said.
He told the court his client
is not, nor has he ever been, a member of a
He said the matter was a
personal one between his client and one of his
assailants, and was not a gang feud.
The court heard that Jacques
Teamo, who was shot at a Gold Coast shopping
centre last year, instigated Friday night’s wild
The court heard Jacques Teamo
sparked the brawl in front of terrified diners
when he walked into a Broadbeach restaurant with
a ‘lynch mob’ of gang members.
The two accused appeared amid
heavy security, with uniformed and plain-clothes
police massing at the courthouse.
Opposing bail, police
prosecutor Senior-Constable Nick Wang told the
court Broadbeach was packed with school holiday
crowds, including families, when the brawl broke
Sen-Const Wang said about 60
Bandidos bikies wearing gang colours entered the
precinct ‘intimidating members of the public by
their sheer presence’.
“There were parents with prams
. ... and they had to take shelter behind
vehicles and trees,” he said.
Sen-Const Wang said Trouchet
needed to be kept behind bars for his own
protection and that of the public.
Defence lawyer Jacobson said
Trouchet was dining with Sward when Teamo - who
was shot by an alleged Finks rival at Robina
Town Centre last year in an incident in which a
female shopper was also wounded - walked in with
a group of 20 Bandidos and said: “This is it.”
When magistrate Ron Kilner
suggested Trouchet should have called police or
fled the restaurant through the back door, Mr
Jacobson replied his client was surrounded.
“There were knives and forks
on the table and there’s people threatening to
kill him,” Mr Jacobson told the court.
“They (Trouchet and Sward)
really faced a lynch mob at the time.”
Two Finks associates charged with affray over
the weekend Broadbeach brawl have been granted
bail but one has been banned from the Gold
Jason Trouchet 39, and Matthew Sward, 25, will
be released from the Southport Watchhouse later
The pair are charged with affray after a
confrontation with Bandidos bikie members at the
Aura restaurant on Surf Parade around 8.30pm on
Magistrate Ron Kilner refused a police objection
to bail which suggested the men should remain
behind bars for the own protection and the
safety of the community.
He granted them bail with conditions that they
have no contact with each other, members of the
Bandidos or prosecution witnesses.
He further banned Sward from the Surfers
Paradise and Broadbeach entertainment precincts
and banned Trouchet, a Northern Territory
landscaper, from remaining on the Gold Coast.
Jason Jacobson said Trouchet is not a member of
the Finks or any other club, merely an
He said his client is a Darwin landscaper who
was confronted by known a Bandido who threatened
in the restaurant to kill him.
He said Trouchet moved the confrontation out of
the restaurant to protect restaurant patrons but
faced a 60 angry bikies outside.
"It was a lynch mob," he said.
"He found himself in a very confronting
situation...he did something to stop himself
being taken away."
EARLIER: A HIGH-RANKING Finks
outlaw motorcycle member has faced court charged
with throwing the first punch in a violent
Broadbeach brawl with rival Bandidos members on
Jason Trouchet, 39, from Surfers Paradise and
associate Matthew Sward, 25, from Broadbeach
appeared handcuffed in the Southport Magistrates
Court prisoner's dock this morning charged with
Police alleged the men were dining in the Aura
tapas restaurant in Broadbeach's busy restaurant
district when they were confronted by Bandidos
Police prosecutor Senior Constable Nick Wang
alleged Trouchet followed the men out of the
restaurant and threw the first punch while Sward
took a flying leap onto other Bandidos and a
The men were among 18 bikies arrested and seven
people, including police, injured when scores of
vest-clad bikies swarmed Broadbeach.
Many Bandidos then travelled en masse to the
Southport Watchhouse where they were confronted
police armed with batons and Tasers when they
called for their members to be released.
Snr Const Wang has opposed a bail application by
solicitor Jason Jacobson for Trouchet and Sward.
The police prosecutor said the men should remain
behind bars for their own safety and for the
safety of the community.
The bail application has been stood down
temporarily to set up video equipment to show
CCTV footage of the alleged incident.