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Finks file is sordid tale


HUNDREDS of documents, surveillance tapes and other evidence collected by police in a legal bid to destroy the Finks bikie gang have revealed the Gold Coast's frightening crime underbelly.

The evidence, released for the first time yesterday, was filed at the Supreme Court on Friday as part of the landmark move to have the Gold Coast's most notorious outlaw motorcycle club declared a criminal organisation.

To prove their case police have compiled evidence, tapes and affidavits they allege connect crimes to names and the names to the club.

But one of the most concerning aspects of the metre-high pile of documents compiled so carefully by police is just how widespread the Finks and their activities are on the Gold Coast.

Surveillance tapes show them completing drug deals in shopping centres, cafes and restaurants across the Gold Coast.

Several Surfers Paradise nightclubs were also heavily associated with the club.

In a series of particularly disturbing surveillance tapes, one Finks member, now jailed, boasted about the gun hidden in his ceiling and the women he raped after drugging them.

Along with another man, he claimed, he repeatedly raped one unnamed woman, sometimes with beer bottles, then used Ajax and scourers to scrub away any DNA evidence from the unconscious victim.

The member also boasts at one point that once motorcycle clubs beat legal action to have them outlawed in South Australia, the rest of Australia would be forced to acknowledge their right to exist and they would then move on to fighting for the American-type law of "the right to bear arms".

Victims finding themselves in trouble with gang members were warned: "Do you know who the f..k I am? I am a member of the Finks gang and we run the Gold Coast".


Crimes committed by Finks members since 1999 have been documented, undercover operations detailed and just about every police officer who has ever come across a member has provided an affidavit.

The lengths police went to to identify club members included collecting information every time they came across someone either with a Finks tattoo, patch, jacket or T-shirt.

During routine traffic or breathalyser operations, during their notorious runs or visits to pubs, or even at funerals, police would record their names, descriptions and sometimes even take photographs.

Gang members were well aware of the constant police presence, employing "spy catching" companies to sweep their homes for bugs, writing drug deals on whiteboards so they did not have to say them out loud and worrying about whether their calculators could be trusted.

Most embarrassing for the club is the release of their three-page list of secret rules.

The Finks, in Queensland since 1970, is one of the oldest clubs in Australia. Before 1996 its members were mostly involved in minor criminal offences such as cannabis possession and minor assaults.

But when several of them were jailed for the murder of mechanic Darryl Lewis in 1996, the character of the club started to change as young members moved into positions of authority.



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