A REBELS motorcycle club member was shot in
the leg and then assaulted at a get-together
he believed was to elect new club officials,
a court has heard.
Phil McCarthy told the District Court in
Brisbane, Mark Allan Ashworth heard a loud bang
like a firecracker had been thrown at him as he
sat at the bar in the Rebels' Nerang premises on
the Gold Coast, on October 9, 2007.
turned to see another bike club member holding
what looked like a handgun pointed at him.
said when Ashworth went to get up, his leg gave
way and he was then assaulted by another member
of the club who punched him about the head.
fell down and he continued to struggle with the
said eventually Ashworth was driven to the Gold
Coast Hospital for treatment.
Ashworth had originally gone to the clubhouse
after receiving a text message there would be a
vote for president and vice-president that
said Ashworth had eaten his dinner in the
clubhouse before being attacked.
District Court, a third man, former Rebels
member Jamie John Ciardi, 35, was put on three
years probation for his part in the punching
assault on Ashworth.
pleaded guilty to one count of assault
occasioning harm while in company.
role was to have encouraged the punching assault
on Ashworth by yelling support for the attack.
said the Crown wanted to make it clear that
Ciardi, who had no previous convictions, was in
no way linked to the shooting and had been
unaware it was going to happen.
Tony Kimmins, for Ciardi, said the prosecution
had very fairly described his client's role in
the events and Ciardi had nothing to do with the
said Ciardi also had no physical part in the
other assault and pleaded guilty on the basis he
encouraged it with his words.
He said as
part of Ciardi's bail he had disassociated
himself with the Rebels and had also been forced
to relocate to Sydney during his bail period.
O'Brien said he accepted Ciardi's role in the
events was relatively minor and Ciardi had no
involvement in the shooting.
the time Ciatrdi spent in custody on remand into
account Judge O'Brien sentenced him to three
Two other men involved in the
incident are likely to go to trial at a later