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Police identify 'Finks Terror Team'

Monday, 4 June 2012

The Gold Coast's Finks Motorcycle club has a "Finks Terror Team" whose major function is to extort money, a police court application says. Yassar Bakir, Shane Bowden, Nicholas Forbes, Graeme Keating, Greg Keating, Leslie Martin, Jason Morrison, Richard Michail, Sacha Nachouki and Darren Watson are named as past and current members of the team in the 95-page document lodged in the Supreme Court on Friday. It is Queensland police's first attempt at using the Criminal Organisation Act 2009 to have a group declared a criminal organisation. If successful, police will be able to pursue orders against past and current Finks' members to restrict their activities, including banning them from recruiting, from entering the clubhouse and other venues, and from working in specific industries such as gaming and security. The application, obtained from the Supreme Court, says members "habitually, both individually and collectively, engage in serious criminal activity". It contains a lengthy list of convictions and pending charges against more than 40 members, involving murder, drug trafficking, supply and possession of dangerous drugs, extortion, stalking, supply and possession of firearms and assault occasioning bodily harm. The convictions date as far back as 1992. The application says Finks member Glenn Douglas Laycock was convicted of murdering Darryl Lewis and was sentenced to life imprisonment in 1998. He and at least 14 other gang members, armed with guns, baseball bats and iron bars, confronted Lewis and another man in 1996 over a motorbike they said had been stolen from one of their members. The two men were held against their will and assaulted before Lewis was dumped outside the Beenleigh Ambulance Station. He later died from head injuries. In another incident, a Finks' nominee member threw a man over a balcony railing in 2001 and was later convicted of assault occasioning bodily harm. Another member threatened Gold Coast hospital staff in July 2005. His wife was a patient of the hospital at the time. The application says he "told staff that he was a member of the organisation and that if his demands were not met, 30 other `Finks' would attend the hospital." It also cites the case of one member who was jailed after he flew to Sydney to source cocaine and MDMA in time for the schoolies' festival. The Finks' lawyer is yet to lodge a response to the application. The case is set to be heard in the Supreme Court in Brisbane on June 21.

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