phalanx of Finks motorcycle gang
members and their colleagues
descended on the Supreme Court today
to face contempt charges laid by the
state's criminal watchdog, stemming
from an investigation into a vicious
brawl at the Perth Motorplex.
clash occurred with rival gang the
Coffin Cheaters at a Harley Davidson
drag races event on October 3.
triggered a police operation,
code-named Tri-Star, which forced a
crackdown on the clubs, including
raids throughout the state on the
homes and clubhouses of each gang.
part of the operation the Police
Commissioner Karl O'Callaghan
applied to the Corruption and Crime
Commission, under its new expanded
powers, to bring those involved
before the CCC in secret to answer
questions about the brawl.
Fink members, nominees and
associates were called before the
Commission, however none
co-operated, according to the CCC.
seventh gang member was also charged
with hindering the Commission and he
will face Perth Magistrates Court
Fink Stephen Wallace, Tristan
Allbeury, Stephen Silvestro, Neil
McCormick and Troy Smith all fronted
the Supreme Court today after being
summonsed on 40 allegations of
contempt, ranging from refusing to
be sworn in to give evidence to
insulting Commissioner Len
associate Clovis Chikonga was also
charged with refusing to be sworn
in, however he was never served with
the summons. He has since
disappeared after failing to attend
the District Court on Monday for
warrants for his arrest have now
been issued by the District and
Wallace, Allbeury and Smith
allegedly refused to answer Mr
Roberts-Smith's questions about the
brawl, in which three of Wallace's
fingers were severed, fellow gang
member David Marrapodi was shot to
the leg and Silvestro suffered a
serious head wound.
McCormick and Silvestro refused to
even be sworn in, according to the
Chief Justice Wayne Martin agreed to
have the contempt charges put to a
hearing quickly, saying it was
necessary to be dealt with
"expeditiously given there is an
investigation currently underway".
said it may encourage those accused,
if found guilty of contempt, to
change their minds over whether to
co-operate with authorities.
prosecutor Darren Renton applied to
have the men remanded in custody on
the basis of the strength of the
case and the seriousness of the
Chief Justice Martin dismissed the
application, saying: "Their presence
here today shows a propensity to
attend... they're not likely to
abscond the jurisdiction.
"...They are entitled the
presumption of innocence."
men, who are being represented by
Laurie Levy, will go to a trial
hearing next Wednesday.
Motorplex brawl came about amid
long-standing tensions between the
Finks and the Coffin Cheaters, which
are understood to have stemmed from
high-profile bikie Troy Mercanti
being ousted from the Cheaters and
joining the Finks in 2008.
Coffin Cheaters were held
responsible for the clash after CCTV
vision showed up to 20 gang members
from both clubs enter the premises.
vicious fight occurred in the pits
where motorcycles were being
prepared for the races and was out
of CCTV range.
Witnesses however saw the injured
Finks leaving the premises to be
taken to separate hospitals for
treatment. A number of Coffin
Cheaters also ended up at hospital
later in the day.
Although police have failed to find
the gun used in brawl despite
numerous raids across the state,
seven gang members have since been
charged with weapons and drug
say that Tri-Star is a long-term
operation that will keep up pressure
on all the gangs to prevent an
all-out war breaking out.