It started as a schoolyard spat and ended with
Finks motorcycle gang member Shane Conci attacking the parents
of a 12-year-old girl who went to school with his children, a
court has heard today.
In a prosecution
summary tendered to the Supreme Court, police claimed Mr Conci's
daughter, 12, and son, 14, had been involved in on-going issues
with the 12-year-old girl at a secondary school in Melbourne's
north-west between May 29 and June 5.
On June 5, the situation escalated when the
12-year-old girl made some comments to Mr Conci's daughter.
At 3.15pm, Mr Conci's son followed the
12-year-old girl as she walked from school and yelled abuse at
The girl's mother, who had been waiting for
her in the car, told Mr Conci's son to stop abusing her daughter
and move on.
At 9am the next day, police claim Mr Conci
contacted the school principal and mentioned he was a member of
the Finks motorcycle gang and that if the 12-year-old girl's
family continued to hassle his children, "he would get their
address, go there and rip the family to shreds".
Mr Conci allegedly warned the principal he
would get 15 of his bikie mates to go there and deal with the
"He [Mr Conci] stated that no one threatens
his family," the prosecution summary said.
At 5.15pm, Mr Conci drove with his entire
family, including his wife, two sons, aged 14 and 19, and his
daughter, 12, to the home of the 12-year-old girl's family and
knocked on the front door.
Mr Conci and his eldest son then allegedly
forced their way into the house and repeatedly punched the
12-year-old girl's father in the head, knocking him unconscious.
After Mr Conci's eldest son had also allegedly
hit the girl's father with a baseball bat, Mr Conci's younger
son allegedly kicked the unconscious man.
When the 12-year-old girl's mother went to
help her injured husband she was allegedly hit with the baseball
The alleged attack only stopped when Mr Conci
yelled out "Enough".
The victims' two children had been hiding in a
rear bedroom during the alleged attack before calling police.
Mr Conci, 38, appeared in the Supreme Court on
Tuesday to apply for bail after being charged with intentionally
causing serious injury, recklessly causing serious injury,
intentionally causing injury, recklessly causing injury, two
counts of assault and aggravated burglary.
Crown prosecutor Peter Rose, SC, said the
attack on the 12-year-old girl's parents had been "a terrifying
experience" for the victims.
Mr Rose said it was extraordinary that
something like this had happened because of a schoolyard
Defence barrister Theo Kassimatis said Mr
Conci had worked as a spray painter for more than 10 years and
his family would be unable to maintain the mortgage repayments
on their new home if Mr Conci was refused bail.
"Yes, he's a member of the Finks motorcycle
club," Mr Kassimatis. "He is essentially a family man who
happens to like motorcycles."
Detective Senior Constable Matthew McKenzie
said it was well known that Finks motorcycle gang members used
fear and intimidation to have victims withdraw complaints and Mr
Conci was an unacceptable risk of committing further offences
and interfering with witnesses if released.
Justice Terry Forrest agreed and refused Mr
Conci bail. He said Mr Conci's 19-year-old son was also expected
to be charged over the alleged attack.
Mr Conci was remanded to appear in the
Melbourne Magistrates Court on August 30 for a committal