Jason Trouchet. Picture: David
A FORMER prize fighter involved
in a huge Gold Coast brawl which led to Queensland’s
introduction of tough anti-bikie laws is in custody in NSW
charged with breaking his girlfriend’s fingers and toes with a
Jason Trouchet, 41, threw the
first punch when he and a second man were confronted by more
than 50 Bandidos, most dressed in club colours, while dining at
the Aura Tapas and Lounge Bar at Broadbeach on September 2013.
He later pleaded guilty in
Southport Magistrates Court to affray and was fined $1000.
The brawl, which sent tables and
chairs flying and customers fleeing in fear, prompted the former
Campbell Newman Queensland Government to introduce tough anti-bikie
The Broadbeach bikie brawl
sparked a major crackdown on outlaw gangs.
Trouchet is now in custody in NSW
for allegedly detaining his girlfriend, aged in her early 20s,
for about three hours during which time he is accused of bashing
and sexually assaulting her.
Police allege that during the
sustained attack Trouchet broke her fingers and toes with a
The Gold Coast resident has not
entered a plea to 10 charges including five counts of assault
occasioning actual bodily harm, aggravated sexual assault and
intentionally choking a person at an address in Zetland, in
inner Sydney, on May 6 last year.
He has not applied for bail and
it has been formally refused.
The stoush with Jason Trouchet
prompted the brawl
The case will return to Central
Local Court on February 4 for mention.
Trouchet, who once owned a
landscaping business in Darwin, has previously denied being
associated with the outlaw motorcycle gang the Finks.
When Trouchet pleaded guilty in
2014 for his part in the Broadbeach brawl he told the court he
had “no other option” but to throw the first punch outside the
restaurant because he wanted the fight to move away from diners.
The 18 other bikies who pleaded
guilty to their part in the brawl also escaped jail terms with
some given suspended sentences, others fined and one offender
given a good behaviour bond.
A month after the brawl the
Newman Government passed new laws in Queensland Parliament which
banned members and associates of 26 criminal groups from meeting
with each other.
The Labor Palaszczuk Government
has set up a task force to review the Vicious Lawless
Association Disestablishment Act 2013 with the intention of
dumping or replacing the laws.