disorderly conduct case against a senior
Rock Machine bikie accused of being involved
in a street fight with a member of a rival
gang was dismissed today after prosecution
witnesses failed to attend court to testify
at his trial.
Rock Machine sergeant-at-arms Brent James
Reker’s case was dropped in Fremantle
Magistrate’s Court, gang crime officers
swooped on one of his associates, arresting
him in the foyer of the court and escorting
him to Fremantle police station.
officers also monitored and searched other
members of Mr Reker’s large group of
supporters outside court.
tattooed man police took into custody had an
outstanding arrest warrant issued against
him for a breach of bail.
Mr Reker was
due to stand trial today over an alleged
East Fremantle fight with senior Rebels
bikie Mark Charles Rodgers in November last
prosecutor Sgt Paul Lawson said the case was
dismissed because “two non-police witnesses”
failed to show at court, meaning the
prosecution could not offer any evidence.
He said the
trial had been adjourned twice in the past.
refused to say whether the witnesses who did
not attend court were members of either gang
or independent members of the public.
Mr Rodgers was
acquitted in January this year of disorderly
conduct after claiming Mr Reker and Daniel
Eliezer Newman started attacking him with a
torch and pepper spray on a quiet suburban
trial, Mr Rodgers testified that during the
confrontation he wrestled with Mr Reker, who
also chased him with pepper spray, while Mr
Newman started to smash his car with a torch
and threatened him with a knife.
denied he was a willing participant in the
fight, saying he was outnumbered and would
not have wanted to put his car or his dogs
that were with him at risk.
today awarded Mr Reker $5000 in costs.