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4, 2010 - 3:13PM
bikie charged with the armed robbery of
a $400,000 Lamborghini after an alleged
demand for cash has described the bike
gang as a "mateship" that raises money
quietly spoken, heavily tattooed Richard
Michail, of Port Melbourne, testified in
the Victorian Supreme Court today in his
bid for bail on a charge of armed
robbery and other counts.
co-accused Matthew Ward allegedly
demanded $50,000 from Srecko Lorbek and
threatened him with a gun at the Lorbek
Luxury Cars dealership at Port Melbourne
cash demands were not met, they stole
the Lamborghini. It was later recovered
in a nearby street.
incident, Mr Lorbek was allegedly placed
into a headlock and his face was pushed
into a car, the court was told.
treated for a neck sprain and abrasions
to his arm.
heard Mr Lorbek and his employee were
under threat not to call police.
also received threats by someone
claiming to act on Michail's behalf,
leading to Michail's bail being revoked
a day after he was charged.
heard Michail was a sergeant-at-arms of
the Finks in Melbourne, which had three
members including himself.
Constable Ramon Garay said people in
that role typically had a criminal
background of assault related offences,
extortion and firearms.
it is an enforcement role within the
club," he said.
oath, Michail claimed he was merely a
nothing illegal about the Finks, it's a
mateship," he said.
was put to him the Finks were widely
known as a national organised crime
group, he said: "I disagree totally".
get-together with the boys, that's it.
And friends," he said.
who is on a disability pension, said he
puts at least $20 a week towards the
club's $30,000 shed rental and lived
rent-free in a house funded by his
brother's Queensland business.
also paid $1,000 a week as an employee
of his brother's business.
Justice Paul Coghlan described his
financial affairs as "mysterious",
Michail said he declared his earnings
and his job was an honest one.
nothing suss about it," he said.
to stay away from witnesses if bailed.
prosecution opposed bail, saying there
was an unacceptable risk Michail would
reoffend and there were concerns for his
alleged victim's welfare, as he had
already been threatened twice.
barrister Robert Richter QC said his
client had a history of complying with
court orders and he needed to care for
his wife, who was unwell.
needed treatment for Crohn's disease.
Michail's brother would offer a
Queensland property as surety.
faces five charges including armed
Coghlan will deliver his bail ruling on