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court reporter Katherine Pohl
Thu Sep 23, 2010 10:53am AEST
A Rebels bikie has
described Richard Roberts as a "great guy
who he never feared". (ABC News)
Mother tells court, 'bikie threatened to
kill my son' (7pm
TV News ACT)
Bikie murder 'a
case of kill or be killed'
'unarmed', court told
'Bikies blame me
for murder', witness tells court
to kill my son', mother tells court
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
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
He said he did not
know about the Rebels' links to drug manufacturing
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.
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.
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.
Thu Sep 23, 2010 6:02pm AEST
The court heard police have not been able to
find the witness (ABC News - file image:
has heard police cannot find a witness who was at
the scene of an alleged double murder in Canberra
Russell Field is
accused of murdering Gregory Peter Carrigan and
Richard John Roberts, a senior Rebels Motorcycle
A man, known only as
witness two, was at Field's home when the shootings
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
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.