Comanchero Motorcycle Club

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Comanchero MC
Comanchero colours.gif
Founded 1968 [1] or 1973[2]
Location Sydney, Australia
Founder Jock Ross[1]
Type Outlaw motorcycle club
Region New South Wales, Victoria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Spain, United States of America[3]
Membership 800[4]

The Comanchero Motorcycle Club is an outlaw motorcycle gang in Australia, with chapters in Strathfield.[5]

The Comancheros are participants in the United Motorcycle Council of NSW, which convened a conference in 2009 to address legislation aimed against the "bikie" clubs, their poor public image in the wake of several violent clashes and ongoing biker wars, and defusing deadly feuds such as the Comancheros' battles with the Hells Angels.[6][7] The sincerity of these efforts to defend the battered image of the clubs has met with skepticism.[8]

History[edit]

The club was formed by William George "Jock" Ross, a Scottish immigrant, in Sydney, New South Wales in 1968.[1] He chose the name after seeing the John Wayne film The Comancheros. However, there already existed a Californian motorcycle club of the same name, first mentioned in a 1965 article by Hunter S. Thompson, and in his book "Hell's Angels" a year later.[2][9]

In late 1982, a second Comanchero chapter was formed by Anthony Mark "Snoddy" Spencer, who had broken away from the first chapter after challenging Ross' authority. When visiting the United States with Charles Paul "Charlie" Scibberas, another member of the second chapter, Spencer met with members of the Texan motorcycle club, the Bandidos and the two gangs became allies. The Bandidos eventually patched-over the second Comanchero chapter to become the Bandidos' first Australian chapter.[10]

The Comancheros and Bandidos were now rivals and in 1984, the two clubs were involved in the Milperra massacre, a shoot-out which left seven people dead, including four Comancheros, two Bandidos, and a 14-year-old bystander.[11] Jock Ross received a lifetime jail sentence for his involvement in the Milperra massacre[1] but only served five years and three months before he was released.[why?][citation needed]

The Comancheros and Hells Angels were involved in a clash at Sydney Airport on 22 March 2009. Terminal 3 was the scene of a brawl involving 10 people in the two rival bikie gangs. The brawl left one man, Anthony Zervas, dead. The fighting was witnessed by over 50 travellers, CCTV cameras and airport staff, including airport security, who could do little to intervene. The security staff were unarmed and police (Federal Police) arrived late.[12]

Six Comancheros were arrested as a result of the altercation and convicted of "riot and affray".[13] In November 2011 Comancheros' leader Mahmoud "Mick" Hawi was found guilty of affray and murder,[14] but in May 2014 the murder conviction was overturned on appeal and a retrial ordered. Hawi pleaded guilty to manslaughter and in March 2015 he was sentenced to a minimum of 3.5 years jail.[15][16][17] In February of 2018 Hawi was shot dead, at age 37, whilst sitting in his car outside a gym in Rockdale, NSW.[18]

In late 2009, Duax Ngakuru was elected as national president. Four years later Mick Murray was elected.[7][19][20]

Perth chapter[edit]

The Comancheros established a single Western Australian chapter in 2010 which is located on Wellman Street, Northbridge, at the Fitness and Fight Centre.[21]

The Comanchero expansion into Western Australia was delayed by the 2010 arrest of Steve Milenkovski who was about to be patched as the Perth’s Chapter president when he was arrested in the culmination of Operation Baystone.[22] Operation Baystone resulted in Milenkovski, Yavuz Ozan, Hao Bi, and Mark Vick Kitos being charged with various drug offences. The operation seized 7.5 kilograms of methylamphetamine imported into Western Australia from New South Wales.[23]

In August 2012 Milenkovski was found guilty of two counts of Possess a Prohibited Drug with Intent to Sell or Supply after a 9-week Perth District Court trial and sentenced to 17 years jail as the "king pin". Two of his co-accused, were convicted of one charge each of attempted possession including David Tanevski who was sentenced to eight years' jail. Hao Bi, who was alleged to have been the courier was acquitted.[24][25]

In May 2014 eight men including two patched members of the Comanchero were charged for allegedly extorting businesses in Northbridge.[26]

Infighting[edit]

On 5 September 2012, Comanchero member Faalau Pisu was murdered, being shot in the head outside the Serbian National Defence Council at Canley Vale whilst attending a wedding. A 25-year-old gang member and a 27-year-old associate of the club were also shot and injured.[27] NSW Police allege that an internal rift within the Comancheros was behind recent shootings involving Comanchero members.[28]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d McDougall, Bruce (23 March 2009), "Warring bikie gangs revive infamous Milperra Massacre", The Daily Telegraph, archived from the original on 17 January 2010 
  2. ^ a b Veno, Arthur (2004). The Brotherhoods. Allen & Unwin. p. 168. ISBN 1-74114-137-0. Retrieved 16 December 2015. 
  3. ^ The Comancheros motorcycle gang are rolling west into Victoria
  4. ^ Australia’s most dangerous biker gangs, ralph.ninemsn.com.au; accessed 1 September 2015.
  5. ^ Gibbs, Stephen (22 April 2006). "Now the streets go to Hell". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 16 February 2009. 
  6. ^ "Conference bikies converge on Brisbane", Brisbane Times, 7 August 2009 
  7. ^ a b Welch, Dylan; Dart, Jonathan (7 August 2009). "Secret list of bikie club members accidentally sent to rival gang". The Sydney Morning Herald. 
  8. ^ Kent, Paul (7 August 2009), "Ferreting out the truth on outlaw bikie gangs", The Daily Telegraph, retrieved 6 March 2016 
  9. ^ https://www.thenation.com/article/motorcycle-gangs/
  10. ^ Kent, Paul (28 March 2009). The gang wars explained - 40 years of bikie hatred. Herald Sun. Retrieved 16 December 2015. 
  11. ^ Brown, Malcolm (22 April 2006). "Heavy price of loyalty". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 16 February 2009. 
  12. ^ Dylan Welch, Les Kennedy and Ellie Harvey (23 March 2009). "Bikie killed in Sydney Airport brawl". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 11 September 2011. 
  13. ^ Davies, Lisa (2 November 2011). "Comanchero Club boss Mick Hawi found guilty of airport murder". The Daily Telegraph. [dead link]
  14. ^ Wells, Jamelle (court reporter) (2 November 2011). "Bikie boss guilty of murder over airport brawl". ABC News. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 8 March 2017. The jury was told: Anthony Zervas suffered massive head injuries and stab wounds as he was attacked with metal bollards, kicked, punched and stomped on as he lay on the ground 
  15. ^ R v Hawi (2015), austlii.edu.au; accessed 6 March 2016.
  16. ^ Wells, Jamelle; Hoerr, Karl (13 March 2015). "Ex-bikie boss sentenced to jail over fatal Sydney Airport brawl". ABC News. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 8 March 2017. 
  17. ^ http://www.smh.com.au/national/police-response-to-airport-brawl-in-spotlight-20090330-9h1z.html
  18. ^ "'Not good for business': Former Comancheros chief Mahmoud Hawi gunned down in gym car park". ABC News. 2018-02-15. Retrieved 2018-02-15. 
  19. ^ "Green stops Jones in first round". The Sydney Morning Herald. 
  20. ^ "Bikie court bungle 'put lives at risk'", ABC News, 7 August 2009, retrieved 16 December 2015 
  21. ^ Bikies fly in for club celebration, au.news.yahoo.com; accessed 1 September 2015.
  22. ^ Halting steps mark bikie battle, au.news.yahoo.com; accessed 1 September 2015.
  23. ^ "Comanchero president in drug bust". The Australian. 26 February 2010. 
  24. ^ Three men guilty of drugs charges, ABC.net.au; accessed 1 September 2015.
  25. ^ Brown, Anne-Louise (14 September 2012), "Head bikie gets 17 years for drug haul", watoday.com.au, retrieved 1 September 2015 
  26. ^ WAHLQUIST, Calla (23 May 2014), "Three men linked to the Comancheros charged with extortion", perthnow.com.au, retrieved 1 September 2015 
  27. ^ Morello, Vincent (5 November 2012), "Comanchero bikie shot dead at wedding", The West Australian, retrieved 1 September 2015 
  28. ^ "Comanchero rift may be behind Sydney shooting", The West Australian, 8 November 2012, retrieved 1 September 2015 

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