– The Hells Angels met members from associate outlaw motorbike clubs only hours before the shooting of Bandidos sergeant-at-arms Toby Mitchell to brief them on the ambush, the Firearms Appeals Committee has heard.
The committee is hearing an appeal by the Tramps, considered by police to be the smallest motorbike club in Victoria, against Chief Commissioner Ken Lay’s decision to cancel the firearms licences of nine of its members last year.
The club members argue that they belong to a social motorbike club and are licensed to carry firearms for hunting and farming purposes. Mr Lay found they failed the “fit and proper person test”.
Detective Senior Sergeant Wayne Cheeseman from the Echo Taskforce said there was a meeting between members of the Hells Angels, Tramps, Satan’s Soldiers and other gangs on the night before Mitchell was shot in March.
Detective Senior Sergeant Cheeseman would not reveal the other clubs present at the large gathering, but said in earlier evidence that the Tramps, Immortals, Satan’s Soldiers, Coffin Cheaters and Vikings were associate clubs of the Hells Angels.
He said the Tramps club members at the meeting would have had knowledge of the planned hit on Mitchell because “extensive planning” would have been discussed.
Mitchell was at the nearby clubhouse of the Diablos, an associate club of the Bandidos, when about 30 rounds of ammunition were fired by bikies who police allege had come from the Satan’s Soldiers clubhouse.
Barrister Trevor Monti, for the appellants, said it was accepted some were at the meeting, but they had left before the shooting of Mitchell and another bikie gang member. He said the Tramps had been told the meeting was to discuss bikie gang anti-association laws proposed by the state government, and when the Tramps arrived late for the meeting and saw a mob walking towards the Diablos clubhouse, they left.
Detective Senior Sergeant Cheeseman said he did not believe the version of events outlined by Mr Monti was correct and, if it was, the Tramps should have told police that Mitchell was to be ambushed.
“Members of that convoy let off up to 30 shots in a public place,” he said. “You could have had six, eight, 10 dead.
“If [the Tramps] had chosen to withdraw, I would suggest a fit and proper person would have reported that was going to occur.”
Detective Senior Sergeant Cheeseman conceded that much of the police intelligence on the Tramps had been unproven and only two of the appellants had prior convictions.
The hearing is scheduled to finish on Friday and will begin hearing evidence from the appellants of Wednesday – Niño Bucci


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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