– Bikies from the Tramps and other clubs alleged to support the Hells Angels were called to a meeting only hours before the shooting of Bandido Toby Mitchell, a hearing has been told.
A Victorian Firearms Appeal Committee hearing was told Tramps members, nine of whom are fighting to get cancelled gun licences reinstated, were among bikies who attended the Satan’s Soldiers clubhouse in Melton on March 1st.
Detective Senior Sergeant Wayne Cheeseman told the hearing the Melton meeting was a subject of investigation.
But he did not allege the club had been involved in the shooting of the Bandido sergeant-at-arms and another member.
But in the hours before the shooting, members of several clubs aligned to the Hells Angels met. Later, the Diablos clubhouse, less than 200 metres from the Satan’s Soldiers chapter, was subjected to a “run through”.
After the “run through” Bandidos members arrived in numbers and were shot at by Hells Angels and possibly members of other clubs.
“I think they (Tramps) were called to the (Satan’s Soldiers) clubhouse. I think there was talk of action against the Diablos,” Detective Senior Sergeant Cheeseman said.
“They were there and left prior to the convoy moving off. There were 30 shots let off in a public place…I don’t have evidence they called police. You could have had 10 (Bandido) members hit in that incident.”
Detective Senior Sergeant Cheeseman said he had “no doubt” there would have been significant planning behind the attacks, and the supporter clubs would have been told what was about to transpire.
The ambush has led to “war” being declared between the Hells Angels and Bandidos. About a week ago an AK47 was used to shoot up the Bandidos’ Dandenong chapter.
It is believed this was in retaliation for shots fired at the Hells Angels’ new Seaford chapter about a month ago.
Trevor Monti, SC, for the Tramps, told the hearing that members had arrived at the Satan’s Soldiers clubhouse to find a lot of people, and had “followed the mob” toward the Diablos clubhouse.
He said the Tramps members saw people running out of the Diablos clubhouse and returned to the Satan’s Soldiers chapter before leaving, “a very long time before the shooting occurred”.
The hearing, which will determine whether Tramps members are “fit and proper” people to holds firearms licences, was due to continue today – Anthony Dowsley


About Jumpin' Jack Cash

Deep connections are the most important aspect of my existence. I don’t care if people don’t know what they want. I love books. I’m cynical of love stories, although I’m romantic. I adore gardens. I like women who challenge me. I love the rain as an excuse to stay inside and dream. I'm furiously impatient. If I ask you a question best to tell me the truth as I'm likely to already know the answer. I'm a carnivore. I continuously underestimate the magic of fresh flowers in my home. I love warm rain in the summer. My mood elevates to epic proportions when the sun shines. Tell me not to do something and I'll do it twice and take photos. Running is my antidepressant. I loathe lies. I rarely forgive a lie. Loyalty and honesty are my most noble virtues, and I value them more than anything in other people. I love to love, and am able to fall in love very quickly, although it's only ever happened once. I understood myself and fixed myself only after destroying myself. My greatest excitement comes from deliberately getting lost in foreign cities. I can be extremely loud and frighteningly silent. I hate insinuations. I love storms. Justice for all. I'm a proud man, but welcome the influence of the feminine soul. I have two sisters. I’m a dreamer. I’m a deep thinker. Don’t deal with guilt trips or drama that well. I'm extremely stubborn and persistent. I'm brilliant at keeping secrets. I love driving. I become absolutely and completely lost while watching a burning fire. When the toast pops from the toaster I’m never ready and shit myself. I play the guitar, but require much improvement. Solitude and warmth of the sun are perfect together. I’ve been married once and now divorced. I’m a music junkie. Chocolate mousse is the shit. I curse too much. I find it difficult to make friends. I spent four years as a firefighter. I’ve run my own company since 1991. Bright lights, big cities. I’ve been an executive producer of a feature film. Some people don’t care, and that’s the biggest let-down of the human race. There are cures and solutions for many evils, but no remedy for the worst of them all - the apathy of human beings. The sound of the Italian language being spoken is as good as my favourite music. I hate corrupt cops. I relentlessly and passionately pursue anybody and anything that sets my soul on fire. I'm a dog lover, and all my dogs are considered family members. I have an obsession with photography. I have some close friends who are household names, but shall always remain anonymous. I’m crazy but not lazy. Losing a soulmate has hurt me badly. My two young sons are the nucleus of my universe. I love airports. I love freedom. If you are dishonest or disloyal, I can erase you from my life and memory immediately and permanently. I yearn to explore, dream about and discover as many friendships, deep connections and places, one possibly can in a lifetime.
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