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Bikies bailed on murder plot charge

November 12, 2010 - 2:11PM

Three Sydney bikies charged with conspiring to murder a member of a rival gang are to be released on bail.

In Sydney's Central Local Court today, magistrate Allan Moore received a "by consent" application from Herbert Laupepa's lawyer and the Director of Public Prosecutions and agreed to the accused's release from remand, after the payment of a $150,000 surety.

Laupepa, 28, from Georges Hall in south-west Sydney, was arrested on October 26.

He was the sixth man to be charged with conspiring to murder Hells Angel Peter Zervas, who was shot more than six times outside his mother's home in Lakemba in March last year. Mr Zervas survived the attack.

The shooting came only a week after his brother, Anthony Zervas, was beaten to death in a brawl between the Comanchero and Hells Angels at Sydney Airport.

Dressed in prison greens, with visible tattoos and manicured facial hair, Laupepa appeared in court by video link from prison.

He nodded to his lawyer after hearing Mr Moore say that after his release he must not associate with certain people, whose names have been suppressed by the court.

Brothers Richard Justin Fong, 20, and Christopher Benjamin Fong, 26, both from Matraville, were also granted bail.

The pair had been refused bail in September, when a magistrate cited Christopher Fong's "violent history" and "previous indictable offences", and also said Richard was on parole for an indictable offence at the time of his alleged involvement in a plot to kill Mr Zervas.

However, again "by consent", the brothers were granted bail today on charges of conspiring and agreeing to murder Peter Zervas, and of participating in a criminal group.

That group allegedly also included Laupepa, Charles Moa, Bachiri Fakhri, Rui Antao and Bakhous Hadid, according to documents tendered to court.

All three men granted bail today are due to have their matters mentioned next on November 23 but are excused from attending court.


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