Mick Mantzaris at Andrew Veniamin's
funeral. Picture: Trevor Pinder Source:
A MAN linked to outlaw bikie gangs and a
corrupt police officer has come under fire in a drive-by
The Doveton home of Mick Mantzaris, who featured
on the cover of the book Leadbelly standing outside a gangland
funeral, was peppered with bullets early on Monday.
It is understood his family were inside but not
Last year the Herald Sun reported Mr
Mantzaris - a bodybuilder with connections to corrupt former police
officer Andrew Tait - was savagely clubbed by Comanchero bikies in
his driveway. The burly bouncer has been linked to both the
Comancheros and Rebels motorcycle gangs.
Mr Mantzaris told the Herald Sun he had become the
victim of unwanted media attention.
"Mr Mantzaris is not co-operating with police at
all," he said yesterday.
But Detective Superintendent Peter De Santo said
Mr Mantzaris was co-operating with police over the attack.
"The victim ... we believe is an associate of some
outlaw motorcycle gang members but not a direct member himself, and
we're pretty confident it was not related to outlaw motorcycle gang
activity," he said.
Mr Mantzaris said he was resilient, but he would
not comment on the circumstances of the attack.
The attack on the fortress-like home came just
days after up to 30 rounds were fired into the Hells Angels' newest
Supt De Santo said police were aware of talk of
retaliatory attacks and warned warring Hells Angels and Bandidos to
lay down arms.
"We're aware of other gangs associated with these
clubs and they need to be aware that they are being monitored
closely. We will not stand by and watch this happen," he said.
"We are asking the senior office bearers of those
clubs and also the senior members of those clubs to reconsider this
and to think carefully. Victoria Police does not want feuding gangs
on our streets.
"We do not want innocent bystanders injured by
those with a reckless disregard for others' safety.
We will come down heavily on any of those who take
matters into their own hands."