Gold Coast bikie brawl: Police release mugshots of 30 accused
- Gold Coast Bulletin
- October 10, 2013
Every person pictured has been accused of taking part in the mass fight at Aura restaurant and bar.
All 30 - including the women - are charged with serious offences of affray or riot.
The brawl triggered an unprecedented $20 million government and police crackdown after Bandidos held siege to the Southport police station, demanding the release of their associates who had been arrested during the restaurant fight.
Taskforce Takeback boss Jim Keogh said finding those responsible for the violence on September 27 was "priority one".
"That was our top target," Superintendent Keogh said. "This kind of behaviour could not be tolerated … this incident was unacceptable, it's as simple as that.''
Investigators spent hours combing through the CCTV footage to identify the 30 people who have now been charged.
Police also sourced mobile phone footage from diners caught in the wild melee.
The incident erupted after high profile Bandido Jacques Teamo and 20 gang members in colours stormed the tapas bar to stand over Finks associate Jason Trouchet.
It has been revealed the brawl was over a bitter love triangle, with Trouchet's ex-girlfriend now seeing Teamo.
When Trouchet took the confrontation outside, it sparked a frightening all-in brawl.
So far police have charged 27 Bandidos with 30 offences.
A total of 18 gang members have been charged with riot, six with obstruct police, five with public nuisance and one with disorderly behaviour.
Two Fink associates have been charged with affray.
Supt Keogh said the charges should reassure the community the crackdown was working and "this was only the beginning".
The photos came as Premier Campbell Newman admitted a heavy police presence at the Queensland Plan summit was put in place to protect attendees from the threat of bikie gangs.
Delegates were patted down and security was ramped up at the summit.
In addition, the Gold Coast's new top cop, Acting Assistant Commissioner Steve Hollands, yesterday vowed to pursue bikie gangs until they "no longer exist".
Meanwhile, in Victoria, heavily armed police yesterday swooped on bikie clubhouses across Melbourne in one of the biggest raids for years.
Police arrested 13 people and seized guns and ammunition, drugs, cash, explosives and stolen property in an operation targeting the Hells Angels.
Police described it as "the largest targeted operation on a single outlaw motorcycle gang in Victoria's history".