covered his face with a bandanna before opening
fire from a car with a hail of bullets that left
Bandidos enforcer Ross Brand dead, the driver of
the getaway vehicle has told court.
"I heard a noise like
fireworks coming from behind me," the driver, who
cannot be named for legal reasons, told Melbourne's
"I saw John in the
back holding a rifle. He was holding it out the
window behind me."
John Bedson, 27, is
accused of murdering Ross Brand and injuring fellow
Bandido Paul Szerwinski after allegedly shooting six
bullets at a group of four men standing outside the
Bandidos' Breakwater clubhouse on October 22, 2008.
The driver said Bedson
ordered him to drive away moments after the
"I was told to go," he
said. "I didn't initially go, and I was told to go
again, so I did."
The court heard that
earlier on the day of the shooting, the driver had
been visiting Bedson's brother, Derek, at home and
been asked to give him a lift in Derek's white
twin-cab Toyota Hilux.
Once on the road,
Derek received several calls and directed the driver
to Buckley's Tabaret in Breakwater, where they met a
group of men including the defendant, John Bedson.
The court heard how
John Bedson joined the two men in the Hilux, getting
into the back seat of the car, and directed the
driver until they arrived at the Bandidos' clubhouse
in Leather St.
"I was told to slow
down, then was told to stop," the driver said.
"John put on a
bandanna covering his nose and mouth.
"I saw it in the
driver's mirror. It was blue and red. I believe he
folded it into a triangular shape."
The driver said he
heard the noise "like firecrackers" and turned to
see Bedson holding the rifle. "He was holding it
with his left hand down the barrel," he said.
"The rifle butt was in
his right shoulder."
The driver said he
looked to the right, outside the car, and saw three
men outside the clubhouse.
He said he couldn't
accurately estimate how long the Hilux was
stationary for before he was ordered to drive away.
"It wasn't minutes,"
"It was just seconds."
The trial continues
before Justice Elizabeth Curtain.