A magistrate has condemned the “standover tactics” of the Wagga Finks Outlaw Motorcycle Gang after three members viciously assaulted a man and stole his dog.
The victim was involved in a number of disagreements with club members but things spiraled out of control when he failed to attend another member’s funeral.
In telephone conversations intercepted by investigating police, the club’s president was caught ordering a member to assault the victim, stating “I think you should clip him.”
Four Finks members, Connor Whitnall, Robert Harley Geppert, Brock Altmann and Peter Yealland, have now been sentenced for their part in the incident.
According to documents tendered to the court, the victim was at his Wagga home with his partner and her child when his three fellow members knocked at the door.
The victim was informed he had been kicked out of the group after failing to attend the funeral, owing a debt of $15,000 to the club.
The victim was told “we know how much he means to you and that’s why we are taking him”, as they stole his dog for collateral before he was punched in the face.
Magistrate Erin Kennedy told two of the members as they were sentenced in Wagga Local Court on Monday, that taking the man’s punishment into their own hands created “chaos” which needed to be punished.
“You are creating chaos over a society that has worked for years to keep people safe – these standover tactics are not to be tolerated,” she said.
The court ordered a number of the men involved in the September 8, 2016 incident to no longer associate with each other for a year.
Mount Austin’s Yealland, 46, who the facts state was the president of the group, was sentenced to a four-month intensive corrections order after ordering the three Kooringal men to the victim’s house.
Geppert, 24, was sentenced to a seven-month intensive corrections order after pleading guilty to demanding with menaces and participating in a criminal group.
Altmann, 27, received an 11-month intensive corrections order after pleading guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm, demanding with menaces and participating in a criminal group.
Whitnall, 24, was ordered to complete a 10-month intensive corrections order after pleading guilty to demanding menaces, assault occasioning actual bodily harm, participating in a criminal group and stealing a dog