Troy Mercanti's partner 'cleaned out
funds' for clubhouse
Glenn Cordingley, court reporter
Tammy Kingdon is in court
accused of rorting funds to
help purchase a clubhouse
for The Finks. Picture:
Ian MunroSource: PerthNow
Tammy Kingdon leaves a court
appearance in Perth.
THE partner of bikie Troy Mercanti
"cleaned out" trust fund accounts
set up for the children of one of
his close friends and a murdered
Coffin Cheater to help her purchase
a Balga clubhouse for rival gang The
Finks, a court heard.
Cherie Kingdon, 33, has pleaded not
guilty to four counts of stealing and
one of money laundering.
The Commonwealth Bank accounts were set
up for the daughters of murdered bikie
Marc Raoul Lucien Chabriere and Richard
Vickers, a close friend of Mr Mercanti.
Chabriere was shot dead in his car in
Welshpool in 1998 while Mr Vickers died
in May 2000.
In the opening address of Ms Kingdon’s
trial in the Perth District Court today,
prosecutor Carmel Barbagallo said the
accused, as trustee, siphoned about
$54,000 from the accounts to help
purchase The Finks clubhouse in August
Ms Barbagallo explained that Mercanti
was a member of the Coffin Cheaters
until 2008 when he defected to The
She said that Ms Kingdon, the mother of
Mercanti’s two children, transferred the
money into her own account on August 14,
“Twelve days later that money was used
to help purchase The Finks clubhouse,”
“She has cleaned out the trust accounts
for these girls and closed the accounts.
But her counsel Stephen Shirrefs said
she was perfectly entitled to invest the
money she deemed appropriate in pursuit
of capital grown for the trust funds.
“She did what she was entitled to do by
law,” he said.
“This case is quite simple. In November
2001, Tammy Kingdon opens two cash
management accounts into which the money
is deposited and it sat there.
“To try and improve the return she then
put it into term deposits.”
Mr Shirrefs said she signed a contract
to purchase property in July 2008 and
moved the trust money for the purchase
He said Ms Kingdon remained as a trustee
of clubhouse and that the investment was
an acquisition for the children.
“You get better capital growth in real
estate than you do with it (money) just
sitting in the bank,” he said.
“In August 2008, The Finks motorcycle
gang became leasees of the property.
“She remained the trustee.
“She invested in real
estate, an investment she was entitled
to do under the Trustee Act 1962.”
In giving evidence, Mr Vickers daughter
Claire said she remembered Mercanti and
Coffin Cheater Eddie Withnall discussing
setting-up a trust account for her
following her father’s death.
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