of Bandidos enforcer Ross Brand has denied gang
members were "standing guard" against attack
moments before he was shot dead.
rejected suggestions at Melbourne's Supreme Court
yesterday that he had been part of a group scanning
the area outside the Bandidos' Breakwater clubhouse
for suspicious activity.
"We weren't standing
guard," Mr Quarrell, who is not a Bandido, told the
court. "We were just leaving." (how this would
make any difference I dont know..)
John Bedson, 27, is
accused of murdering Mr Brand and injuring fellow
Bandido Paul Szerwinski after firing six shots into
a group of four men standing outside the clubhouse
on October 22, 2008.
Defence counsel Ian
Hayden suggested the appearance of a Hyundai
Terracan, which pulled up outside the clubhouse some
time before the shooting incident and paused before
driving away, had prompted action from the four men
who had been drinking inside the clubhouse. "Before
the Terracan arrives, you were all inside the
clubhouse enjoying yourselves," Mr Hayden said.
"After it arrives, you
are all coming out and looking around."
The jury saw footage
of Mr Quarrell, Mr Szerwinski and a third man,
Gregory Gray, standing outside the clubhouse in the
minute leading up to the shooting.
The images show Mr
Brand joining the group just moments before shots
were fired, one of which struck him in the forehead.
"I'm suggesting you
were there to call out to Brand if the Terracan came
back or if there was anything suspicious," Mr Hayden
But Mr Quarrell stood
by an earlier statement he had made to police, in
which he said the men had been leaving the clubhouse
as a group when half a dozen shots were fired.
The court also heard
evidence from McHarrys bus driver Frank O'Neill, who
said he saw the occupants of a white twin-cab Hilux
arguing shortly after the shooting.
"I followed the
utility along Tucker St and it was annoying me
because it seemed unsure where it was going," he
"We approached the
intersection. The ute went through the red light and
swung out in front of me on Breakwater Rd, which I
thought was a bit odd and caught my attention.
"I saw two people in
the front and it seemed the person in the passenger
seat was arguing with the driver."