A PROSPECTIVE Bandidos Motorcycle Club member, who used a baseball bat to bash a man he suspected of having a relationship with his partner, has been jailed.
The County Court sitting in Mildura was this week told the assault, which took place in Swan Hill when Kelly Michael Gray was wearing a Bandidos vest emblazoned with the word “prospect”, may have sparked a falling out with the club.
The court was told that Gray, 40, had been lured to a factory and beaten up, and had his house raided by five Bandidos members who removed all club paraphernalia from it, plus vehicles and furniture.
Gray’s defence counsel Neil Hutton said his client, who had his vest seized by police as part of their investigation, wanted to return it “to make some peace” with the Bandidos.
Mr Hutton said that when a member left or was kicked out of the organisation, vests with club colours were not reissued but destroyed.
“They live by the sword and die by the sword,” Mr Hutton said.
The counsel said his client did not know why he was kicked out of the club.
However, he said it could have been sparked by Gray’s assault of his girlfriend’s former partner, which was not viewed as “appropriate activity” for Bandidos members, or related to a series of drug raids in the area.
The court was told Gray’s attack victim had previously been in a relationship with the accused’s girlfriend, and that Gray suspected him of attempting to, or maintaining, a relationship with her.
Crown prosecutor David O’Doherty said Gray and another man, who was also seeking Bandidos Motorcycle Club membership, rode their Harley-Davidson motorcycles to the victim’s home in Murrell Avenue, Swan Hill, about 5pm on November 14, 2007.
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