Alleged bikies storm Adelaide car yard armed with hammers and machete
Several alleged bikies have been charged over a fight with weapons including hammers and knives at a car yard in Adelaide's northern suburbs yesterday afternoon, police have said.
- Police arrested several alleged members of the Descendants bikie gang
- A witness reported seeing a group of 20 charge into the business
- A court was told the dispute was prompted by a recent car sale
Police said members of the Descendants outlaw motorcycle gang allegedly became involved in a scuffle with others at the Blair Athol yard about 4:30pm.
Investigators searched a number of properties in the surrounding areas and several men were arrested.
The Adelaide Magistrates Court was today told the group was armed with hammers, knives and poles, and allegedly assaulted a man over a financial dispute involving a recent car sale.
Eight men were initially arrested, but that number has since increased to 11 and several have been charged with aggravated affray and criminal association.
Witnesses of the brawl said they saw several men cross Main North Road armed with poles, and one with a machete, before a group of at least 20 stormed the business.
"I saw a few people with cuts on their face."
Part of the incident was caught on camera, and shows men gathering and then running into the property.
Bail granted to accused man
It is illegal for bikies from 10 declared groups, including the Descendants, to go out in public in groups of three or more.
Superintendent Steve Taylor, from the Serious and Organised Crime Branch, said SA Police were committed to eradicating this kind of behaviour.
"The legislation has had a significant impact on [gang] members in South Australia in terms of their ability to meet, interact and plan their activities," he said.
"Police will continue to enforce this law and take positive action to ensure public safety is maintaine
Co-accused Nicholas Anthony Doublet, 29, and Matthew Aaron Pepper, 35, appeared in the Port Adelaide Magistrates Court and were granted bail.
They were ordered not to contact any of the co-accused or the alleged victims, or go to the Blair Athol car yard.
Five more co-accused — Kurt, Jordan and Perry Mackie, along with Luke Anthony Pepper and Troy Nissen — appeared in the Adelaide Magistrates Court.
Mr Nissen's lawyer said his client deserved to be treated like those who had appeared and been granted bail in Port Adelaide.
The magistrate ordered a home detention report for all five men who appeared in the city court.
Four others were scheduled to appear in the Elizabeth Magistrates Court.