Friday, October 15, 2021

7 more accused of murder sold in Queensland, Australia

Queensland Police have charged seven more people in connection with the 2020 shooting killing of Shane Bowden, keeper of an illegal motorcycle gang in Australia’s Gold Coast.

Detectives from state homicide and gang squads along with other specialist officers raided a string of properties along the shiny strip on Sunday, leading to a total of eight arrests.

The seven accused of murder will be produced at Brisbane Magistrates’ Court on Monday.

A 37-year-old Vanora man was also taken into custody, who is charged with illegal arms possession and will face Ipswich Magistrates Court on July 29.

Following his arrest, 46-year-old Ian Robert Crowden was identified on Saturday as the chairman of the Brisbane West chapter of Mongols bikes.

He has also been charged with murder.

Bowden, 47, was shot and killed on the way to a residence in Pimpama last October.

A total of 21 rounds were fired, 19 from a machine pistol and two from a shotgun, before the perpetrators ran back to a waiting Silver Commodore and fled.

Detectives said that on 1 July they were without a doubt that the Mongols had planned the assassination of Boden while he was sitting in his BMW.

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Detective Superintendent Brendan Smith said Sunday’s arrest is an important step towards ending organized crime in the south-east of Queensland and beyond.

“These arrests have destroyed an entire chapter of the Mongols’ OMCG,” he said in a statement.

“The numbers involved are unprecedented and will be significant at the national level.

“This points to the true nature of these gangs, but importantly their so-called loyalty to law enforcement and their ability to break the silence and bring them to justice.”

Supt Smith said there was significant planning by those involved in Bowden’s murder that resulted in a lengthy and complicated investigation.

“The community can be reassured that the police have the ability to deal with organized crime groups regardless of their so-called sophistication,” he said.

Bowden was initially a member of the Finks criminal biker gang, and part of its “terrorist team” was imprisoned in the Gold Coast’s so-called Ballroom Blitz brawl in which three men were shot and two were stabbed to death in 2006.

Upon his release, he ousted the Mongols, but was shot and joined the Finks just before being shot.

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