GUILTY PLEA: The trial of five men had been set for eight days
at the Perth District Court. Source: PerthNow
THE trial of five bikies accused of bashing a
woman and her two brothers at a Rockingham nightclub has been aborted
after three of the men pleaded guilty to lesser charges.
David James Pye, Piripi Wiremu Mikaere Kingi and
Christopher Tumatanui Raharuhi all pleaded guilty in the Perth District
Court today of assault occasioning bodily harm.
They were originally charged with assault occasioning bodily harm with
The case against their co-accused, Michael James Koukoutsis, was discharged
by the prosecution.
A fifth man, Jason Paul Gastarov, will now face lesser assault charges in
the Perth Magistrates Court.
On December 17, 2011,, a 22-year-old woman and her two brothers were at a
nightclub on Kent St in Rockingham when the woman was punched in the face by
Her brothers went to her assistance and were also assaulted.
The woman suffered a perforated ear drum and bruising, one of her brothers
received a fractured rib, punctured lung and dislocated jaw, while the other
suffered bruising to his body.
Six men, all associated with the Rebels, were originally charged by the Gang
Crime Squad in February 2012.
The trial of the five men had been set for eight days.
Pye, Kingi and Raharuhi will be sentenced in October.
Pye and Kingi are on bail until sentencing, however Judge Kevin Sleight said
that should not be taken as an indication of their possible sentence,
warning all the offences involved "thuggery in a public place" and were