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Fink Graham held over Robina shooting


FINKS bikie Mark James Graham is being held behind bars under tight police guard after facing court charged over the Robina shopping centre shooting.

Graham, 26, whose face is tattooed with the 1% symbol and words, 'carnage' and 'revenge', appeared briefly in the Southport Magistrates Court heavily handcuffed and in prison browns.

He is charged with the attempted murder of a Bandidos bikie Jacques Teamo on Saturday near the Robina Town Centre food court.

He is also charged with unlawful wounding an innocent bystander, acts intended to cause grievous bodily harm, possess a weapon, discharge weapon in public place and dangerous conduct with a weapon.

Lawyer Jason Buckland did not seek bail for his client.

Police took the unusual step of seeking a suppression order to prevent Graham's image being published in the next 72 hours.

Sergeant Peta Esychen said the order was to protect Graham and his family's safety and preserve identity evidence.

"There's a concern that Mr Graham's image being published in the media would taint evidence in court," she said.

But she withdrew the application after Magistrate John Costanzo asked her to justify the order.

Graham will be held in custody and return to court on June 13.

Police surrounded the courthouse this morning to preempt any potential violence, with all courthouse visitors questioned and ID-checked before entry was allowed.

Inside, public safety officers guarded the arrest court. Regular court processes were expected to resume after Mr Graham appeared.

The Victorian and former Gold Coaster was flown into Queensland last night aboard a police jet, after being arrested in Melbourne Monday night.

After landing, he was handcuffed and escorted across the Brisbane Airport tarmac by four detectives from Taskforce Hydra and elite Special Emergency Response Team officers before being driven south to the Southport Watchhouse.

Police defended the decision to transport him privately rather than on a regular commercial aircraft as Graham is considered a "high-risk prisoner". A spokesman said the move was in line with national air safety protocols.

A police statement said risks to the public when transporting high-risk prisoners had been highlighted in recent years when an OMCG member was killed in the arrivals hall at Sydney Airport.

Meanwhile new CMC boss Ross Martin backed moves to target the money trail behind Gold Coast bikie gangs.

Mr Martin, who left his job as the state's Deputy Director of Prosecutions to lead the Crime and Misconduct Commission, also said he was closely monitoring the latest "flare-up" of bikie-related violence.

He said the CMC would use its special powers in cases involving weapons or gangs if need be.

The CMC Commissioner also said he was happy to work with the State Government to develop any new laws that would target "unexplained wealth" of criminals as proposed by the LNP in response to bikie-related violence in recent weeks.



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