Alleged Robina gunman has links to Finks outlaw motorcycle club
From: The Courier-Mail
May 02, 2012
THE alleged gunman accused of a reckless public shooting on the Gold Coast that wounded a Bandidos bikie and an innocent bystander at the weekend has links to the rival Finks outlaw motorcycle club.
Mark James Graham, 26, was expected to arrive under police guard in Queensland tonight to face charges of attempted murder, grievous bodily harm and unlawful wounding.
His arrest near the Finks clubhouse in Melbourne on Monday night came as senior Finks and Bandidos considered a public gesture of unity to allay fears of bikie violence.
It also cast doubt on speculation that Saturday's shooting at Robina Town Centre sprang from an ongoing turf war between entrenched Gold Coast clubs and a new cadre of interstate Hells Angels.
Senior Hells Angels said the state's Logan-based crew had no interest in competing with the Glitter Strip's "plastic gangsters".
The injured bystander, a 53-year-old woman who was shot in the hip, was released from hospital yesterday.
Graham's mother, who lives in the Gold Coast hinterland, would not comment when contacted by The Courier-Mail yesterday.
His brother is in business with the wife of a senior Surfers Paradise Fink, their Melbourne tattoo parlour chain Victims Of Ink aligned with the club's fledgling Victorian chapter.
The Courier-Mail understands senior Surfers Paradise Finks were yesterday trying to establish the nature of Graham's links to the club's Melbourne chapter.
A Melbourne resident who lived on the Gold Coast in 2005 when he held an interest in a family business selling driveway sealant, Graham is expected to appear in Southport Magistrates Court tomorrow.
It comes as police warn of threats against King Of Ink, the Southport tattoo parlour owned by Finks sergeant-at-arms and convicted drug supplier Greg Keating.
Senior Hells Angels continued to hose down claims of a Gold Coast turf war.
This was despite attacks last week on two Brisbane businesses owned by Hells Angels, days after attacks on Bandido-linked businesses including the Mermaid Beach tattoo parlour run by Saturday's shooting victim Jacques Teamo.
A Hells Angel leader said: "We are not interested in being on the Gold Coast. Why would you want to surround yourself with scum and drug dealers and all these plastic gangsters?"
Meanwhile, Brisbane police are examining a string of incidents in the city's north last week, in which groups of up to 10 Bandidos with trucks allegedly stripped businesses of equipment and warned owners to close down.