Wednesday August 28 2013

– Another battle in the bloodiest bikie war in history could erupt in Victoria as the Hells Angels move against members of the notorious Canadian gang Rock Machine.
Police say Rock Machine members trying to establish a Victorian chapter this year have been bashed by Hells Angels intent on protecting their turf.
More than 150 people were murdered when the Hells Angels and Rock Machine clashed in Canada in the 1990s and early 2000s.
Detective Senior Sergeant Wayne Cheesman from the Echo Taskforce told a Firearms Appeals Committee hearing on Tuesday that the Rock Machine were aligned to the Bandidos.
He said Hells Angels members had clashed with bikies from Rock Machine.
The ambush of Bandidos sergeant-at-arms Toby Mitchell in March sparked what police have described as an all-out war between the club and the Hells Angels.
“It’s like a group of bullies in the school yard not allowing you to walk on a certain section of the oval,” Detective Senior Sergeant Cheesman said.
“If another club is to open, there is the perceived threat that the other club may take their business.
“In Victoria, the Hells Angels are on the front foot looking for them…this is a territorial turf war.”
Detective Senior Sergeant Cheesman said the business interests of bikie gangs generally included drug trafficking and extortion, and that the presence of another gang reduced the viability of these enterprises.
He was speaking during an appeal by a member of the Iron Horsemen, who had his firearms license cancelled by Chief Commissioner Ken Lay as he was considered to not be a “fit and proper” person.
Rock Machine may have as many as eight chapters in Australia, with the largest presence in Western Australia.
The gang states on its website that it has five Australian chapters: in Victoria, Western Australia, NSW, Tasmania and Queensland.
It was reported that members had attempted to start a chapter in Melbourne’s south-east last year, but were forced out by the Comanchero club.
In June, a homemade, fully automatic machinegun was seized from their clubhouse in Perth’s southern suburbs.
Last September, Rock Machine associate Stefan Pahia Schmidt was jailed for life with a minimum of 14 years for murdering Andy Marshall, whom he pushed out the window of a Cottesloe hotel after Mr Marshall spoke to two women who were with the bikie in 2011.
The gang has been involved in a feud with the Rebels bikie club in Perth after one of their members patched over, and a similar conflict has occurred in NSW.
Members of a Rock Machine chapter there have reported links to Serbian organised crime and may have patched over to the Comanchero in 2012, causing tension with existing Sydney Comanchero. One of those Rock Machine members to patch over, Faalau Pisu, was shot dead at a bikie wedding in south-west Sydney on November 5th.
The gang has also posted on its website photos and names of three “out in bad standing members” from Canadian and German chapters, who have left the club in acrimonious circumstances – 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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