A feared bikie enforcer nicknamed "Skitzo" has been
charged with extortion and assault after allegedly standing over a
northern suburbs real estate agent.
Hells Angels serjeant-at-arms Peter Hewat was charged
on Wednesday afternoon by a member of the Victoria Police anti-bikie
taskforce over the incident at a Campbellfield office in February.
Hewat is in Melbourne Assessment Prison facing
unrelated assault and aggravated burglary charges after allegedly
punching a 62-year-old woman in the face after a dispute over a dog.
In a hearing at Melbourne Magistrates Court on
Wednesday morning, Detective Senior Constable Gary Measham said that a
friend of Hewat's had rented a commercial property in Campbellfield, but
was in dispute with the estate agent, who had refused to return the bond
after the lease ended.
The agent claimed Hewat's friend, Vincent Siciliano,
had not repaired damage to the property. In a meeting at the property in
January, Siciliano allegedly told the agent that he was "connected" and
demanded the return of the money, but the agent refused.
On February 26, it is alleged Hewat and Siciliano went
to the estate agent's office and again demanded the money. Hewat then
grabbed the agent by the throat and choked him, saying: "You'll f--king
well write the cheque out now you little c--t. Get the money now or I'll
f--k you up."
The agent pointed up at CCTV cameras in the office and
said he was going to the police, upon which Hewat dropped him but
allegedly told the agent he would "fix him up" at his house.
Speaking by video link from prison, Hewat agreed to be
questioned by detectives, but denied the allegations: "I disagree with
the whole lot, your honour."
Siciliano was charged on Monday with extortion,
aggravated burglary and common law assault, similar charges to those
Hewat was also charged in March with offences over a
dispute with a neighbour over the bikie's shih-tzu terrier.
The chain of events began in December when Hewat's dog
escaped during a storm and was found by a Craigieburn woman.
The 62-year-old put up posters of the dog around the
neighbourhood trying to find the owner. According to police, Hewat's
wife called the woman and, instead of thanking her, began abusing her.
The woman responded that she would need proof of
ownership before handing over the dog. But the dog was eventually
Police alleged at a bail hearing in March that the
couple who found the dog then received three months of intimidation and
threats by Hewat and members of his family, culminating in Hewat turning
up at the woman's house and punching her in the face.
The next day, two men, one armed with a pistol, turned
up at the victim's house and told her not to go to the police about the
alleged assault. One of the men is alleged to have said to the terrified
woman: "Karma will come and get you sooner than you think. Don't forget
this you f---ing slut, we mean business."
When police raided Hewat's Craigieburn towing company,
they allegedly found a stolen earth-moving machine, a stolen lawnmower,
a stolen car, a stolen truck, ammunition and about 500 grams of tablets
they believed to be ecstasy.
Hewat said he did not know the vehicles were stolen,
and that he had no idea how the drugs came to be at his business.
Police added the charges of illegally possessing the
steroid trenbelone and the testosterone substance cypionate after they
found them at Hewat's Mickleham home.