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Murdered bikie 'a great guy'

By ACT court reporter Katherine Pohl

Updated Thu Sep 23, 2010 10:53am AEST

A Rebels Motorcycle Club member has praised a fellow bikie who was allegedly murdered in Canberra last year.

In March last year, Russell Field shot dead Richard John Roberts and Gregory Peter Carrigan outside his Chisholm home.

Field has pleaded not guilty. His lawyers argue he acted in self-defence.

Mr Roberts was a senior member of the Rebels Motorcycle Club.

All three men had been in a relationship with the same woman at different times.

Field's mother told the ACT Supreme Court, a Rebels bikie threatened her that the next time they returned to her house they would kill her son.

She told the court he pointed at her with his hand shaped like a gun.

But the Rebels member accused of threatening the woman told the court, the allegation was outrageous and that he took offence at the suggestion.

He said he was an innocent bikie who paid his taxes and was a proud christian.

He said he did not know about the Rebels' links to drug manufacturing or shootings.

He told the court he knew Mr Roberts and described him as a great guy who he never feared. He said he liked him but he never knew about his criminal past.


'Messy break-up'

The court was also told Field's break-up with the woman - who had also been in relationships with Mr Carrigan and Mr Roberts - became messy and there was a dispute over certain belongings.

The 22-year-old's mother said her son had been growing a cannabis crop underneath her house and he ripped out some of the plants and gave them to the woman.

Field's brother told the court he saw his older sibling sitting in the bus stop after the shooting, describing him as shocked and shaken.

He said his brother was not making much sense but wanted to make sure his mum and sister were safe.

The trial continues.


Witness missing in bikie murder trial

By Katherine Pohl

Updated Thu Sep 23, 2010 6:02pm AEST


The court heard police have not been able to find the witness (ABC News - file image: file photo)

A court has heard police cannot find a witness who was at the scene of an alleged double murder in Canberra last March.

Russell Field is accused of murdering Gregory Peter Carrigan and Richard John Roberts, a senior Rebels Motorcycle Club member.

A man, known only as witness two, was at Field's home when the shootings took place.

He was interviewed by police shortly after the incident and expressed his fear that the Rebels would find him.

Today the court heard police have not been able to find the witness, despite efforts including monitoring his bank accounts.

A police informant said he called a mobile phone number linked to the witness and told the male who answered that he was calling about the murder trial.

The man replied that he did not know what the officer was talking about and hung up.

The trial continues.


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