brawl ... the scene after the killing at
Sydney Airport's Domestic Terminal 3.
HE MIGHT have
been a wannabe member of the Comanchero
bikie club but one person involved in that
fateful brawl was a devout churchgoer and
made sure his children went to Sunday
Indeed, he had
just left church on the morning of Sunday,
March 22, 2009, when he got a phone call
from a fellow Comanchero telling him he had
to go to Sydney airport to ''pick up the
The man, who
is known in court proceedings as ''AL'',
told the Supreme Court last week he had to
do a quick change.
''I still got
my church clothes on,'' AL said. ''I was
wearing a blue Hawaiian shirt and I was
wearing a red sarong. I took my sarong off
and put my shorts on.''
And off he
went to the airport, he told the court,
where he ended up taking part in a brawl
with a rival club, the Hells Angels, that
left Anthony Zervas, an Angels associate,
Six members of
the Comanchero are on trial for his murder
inside Terminal 3. One Hells Angel is facing
charges of riot and affray.
giving evidence about what happened that
day, AL also gave the jury a glimpse of life
inside the club.
He told Crown
prosecutor Natalie Adams he met a member of
the Comancheros at a gym in Liverpool and
later went to the clubhouse at Milperra.
After he became a ''nominee'' member, he had
to attend every Friday at 7pm and pay $20
for the privilege.
His job, he
explained, was to stand guard on the gate
and ''pick up the rubbish''.
On the drive
to the airport that Sunday to meet the
club's president, Mick Hawi, another
Comanchero, ''Turtle'', said ''something
heard that a chance meeting between the
Comanchero and the Hells Angel president,
Derek Wainohu, on a flight from Melbourne,
led to the fatal brawl inside the terminal.
It also heard
from a witness that a CCTV camera that could
have captured crucial moments of the
incident had not been been working for two
Last week AL
told the court the fight started when ''the
president of the Hells Angels walked up and
sort of shouldered Mick''.
connected, the shoulders, all the boys were
moving. And then Mick swung a hook and got
him on the left-hand side … We all move in,
I move in - Mick was our president, you know
- and I got hit and that's when I throw a
AL said he hit
Wainohu, knocking him to the ground. And
someone then yelled: ''Not here, let's go
A short time
later, said AL, he saw ''the boys from the
Hells Angels walking in''. One of the Angels
group wearing a hoodie had yelled: ''Let's
go, let's go.''
This man, said
AL, had ''something sharp in his hand,
looked like scissors to me'' and struck Hawi
on the arm.
He had then
seen a Comanchero whom he knew as ''Touza''
striking a man on the ground with ''a silver
thing'', which he thought was a rubbish bin.
''He hit him
twice. After I saw the first hit and the
second hit, that's when I started walking
AL told the
court Hawi had been cut on the arm ''and his
eyes were all red, you could see, like,
blood''. They then left the airport in a
jumped in the taxi, Touza was in the middle,
he just go, 'I think I killed him'.''
He said that
earlier, on the way to the airport, he had
not been expecting a fight but had gone
because ''I have to go, you know, to pick up
the boys. I'm the nominee so I'm going there
to carry some suitcase for the boys''.
If he had
refused, he feared he would be punished.
''I might get
bashed because I know one guy who didn't go
to do a job and he was actually bashed next
to me. That happened in the clubhouse.''