Rival Kiwi crime gangs
Black Power and Mongrel Mob muscle up in Melbourne
AND NICO BUCCI
Last updated 01:54, June 3 2016
The Mongrel Mob has a growing
presence in Melbourne.
Rival New Zealand crime gangs embroiled in
a racially charged blood feud are making their presence felt in Melbourne.
The Black Power gang has recruited
Melbourne members, in the first sign it has made a push into the state,
while its mortal enemy, the Mongrel Mob, has been linked to an alleged
standover racket in the outer west.
Two suspected Melbourne members of the
Mongrel Mob are alleged to have threatened a man by holding his head near a
masonry saw when he refused to pay them A$32,000 (NZ$33,900).
Members of Black Power Australia.
The gangs have fought countless battles in
New Zealand, raising fears that an increased push into Melbourne could
result in bloodshed.
Black Power was formed in Wellington
directly to counter the Mongrel Mob, whose motto is "sieg f---in heil" and
whose members are often tattooed with swastikas.
Both gangs identify as similar to outlaw
motorcycle gangs, with members who wear jackets with three-piece patches but
are not required to ride motorbikes.
The case against two suspected Mongrel Mob
members is believed to be one of the only times that members of either of
the New Zealand-based gangs have been charged with serious criminal offences
The Melbourne Magistrate Court heard this
week that Denzil Kapene Te Amo and his father Timoti Kapene Te Amo were
working as debt collectors for a masonry factory, and had agreed to split
the takings 50/50 with the factory's owner.
But the pair - known as 'T' and 'Boss' -
believed they were getting a raw deal and reacted with extreme violence,
They allegedly stormed the masonry
factory, grabbed the owner in a headlock, and bent him over a masonry cutter
– a huge machine designed to cut stone – while it was still running.
It is alleged they demanded A$32,000
(NZ$33,900) for their services and told the victim to pay up or they would
cut his head off.
One of the men then lifted the owner into
the air by his neck, while the other went through his pockets, the court
The father and son then allegedly bundled
the owner into a car and forced him to drive to a nearby service station so
he could get out cash.
The man told them he did not have a bank
card, so they doubled back to the factory so he could recover it. He managed
to get away and fled as one of the men chased him, yelling that he would "go
back to his house and rape his wife", police said.
Both men were alleged to be members of the
gang, but police said it was not believed a clubhouse had been established
The pair will return to court for a
committal hearing in November. No pleas have been entered.
Pictures shared on social media indicate
that the Mongrel Mob has had a presence in Melbourne since 2010. Other
images indicate they may have formed an allegiance with the Comanchero outlaw
There is less known about Black Power's
push into Melbourne.
While it is also believed they do not have
a clubhouse, it is understood the group have members in the Sunshine
region. A member in gang colours was also seen riding in the city last
The Mongrel Mob and Black Power are
considered to be more established in other states, but a senior law
enforcement source confirmed that the gangs could recruit quickly in
Melbourne given they had fewer rules governing members than outlaw bikie
However, the fact that many of the gangs'
prospective members would be New Zealand citizens, and therefore likely to
be deported if convicted of a serious criminal offence under the regime
implemented by Immigration Minister Peter Dutton, could temper their
recruitment, the source said.
In 2012, a 20-year-old considered an
associate of the Mongrel Mob was jailed for stealing a car after holding a
machete to the owner's throat and saying "give me the keys".
"You had became involved with a gang or
group who call themselves the Mongrel Mob, which perhaps gives some idea of
their collective level of intelligence," County Court Judge Gabriele Cannon
said at the time.
The man told the court the mob forced him
to perform criminal acts, including delivering another stolen car to New