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Court hears Bandido and Rebels bikie gang rivalry led to shots

A BANDIDO bikie gang member was gunned down in a drive-by shooting by a member of the rival Rebels gang after antagonism between the groups boiled over, a prosecutor said today.

Chris Ryan, SC, played CCTV footage to a Supreme Court jury which he said showed the fatal shooting of Ross Brand as he stood with a group of men at the front of the Bandidos Geelong clubhouse.

"That shows you how quickly life can be extinguished,'' said Mr Ryan, opening the Crown case.

He said accused John Bedson fired six shots from a .22 rifle from the rear seat of a Toyota Hilux twin cab utility and he intended to kill anyone he hit or cause really serious injury.

Mr Brand, 51, was hit in the forehead and died the next day and Paul Szerwinski, who was not a Bandido, was hit in the thigh and wrist, but survived.

The shooting stemmed from a fight at the Geelong Cup earlier in the day, Mr Ryan said.

Men associated with the Bandidos and Rebels clashed and this set off a chain of events that led to the shooting.

Mr Bedson, 26, has pleaded not guilty to charges of murder and attempted murder over the shooting on October 22, 2008.

Mr Ryan said that the driver of the ute would tell them that as they left the scene Mr Bedson said "I think I got one''.

Defence counsel Ian Hayden said his client had gone to the Bandidos clubhouse with the intention of firing a couple of shots at the building but he had no intention of harming anyone.

But as the ute stopped Mr Bedson saw Mr Brand, who had a reputation for violence, reach for a gun and he fired out of fear and panic to get away.

"It was a very unlucky shot that struck Mr Brand,'' he said.

The trial is continuing.


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