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Canberra bikie allegedly caught with a baseball bat pleads not guilty


Megan Gorrey

Reporter at The Canberra Times



A Canberra bikie will fight allegations he breached his parole after police said they caught him clutching a metal baseball bat on a Wanniassa street late at night.

Alex Bourne, 28, pleaded not guilty to driving an unregistered vehicle and possessing an offensive weapon with intent during a brief appearance in the ACT Magistrates Court on Monday. 

He was arrested earlier this month over a breach of parole conditions imposed when he was sentenced for a bashing linked to a bikie gang dispute that stemmed from an unpaid motorcycle repair bill.

Bourne last year pleaded guilty in the ACT Supreme Court to assault occasioning bodily harm over the attack, which he carried out with a member of the Rebels outlaw motorcycle group in January 2014. 


Court documents said police had noticed an empty white Mitsubishi sedan stopped in the middle of McBryde Crescent, Wanniassa, shortly after 10pm on Sunday, January 3. 

The car allegedly still had its engine running, headlights on and the driver's side front door was open.

Police said they then noticed the defendant walking towards the car with a black-coloured metal baseball bat in his hand.

When they approached Bourne and asked him why he was holding the bat, he allegedly said: "I was chasing idiots in a red car who tried to run me off the road.

"There was five of them and only me.

"They were acting stupid, stopping and driving off in front of me, they nearly hit me and I have lost one of my hubcaps." 

Bourne told police he believed the group was in a red van in the nearby Erindale Shopping Centre car park, but officers allegedly could not see any cars or people in the area.

They searched the sedan and found a second wooden baseball bat which had been broken into two pieces. 

Further checks revealed Bourne's parole conditions banned him from possessing or controlling an offensive weapon.

The registration on his car had also been suspended due to a previous defect notice.

Prosecutors previously opposed Bourne's bail due to the breach, but his defence lawyer argued his client didn't know the baseball bat was considered an offensive weapon and had otherwise complied with his parole conditions. 

The court heard Bourne's case will be back in court for a hearing in July. 

His bail was continued.