A former bikie who allegedly organised a “chat” with a Brisbane extortion victim before breaking his nose has been denied bail.
A former bikie who allegedly broke a man’s nose to persuade him to hand over $4000 has been denied bail in Queensland.
Several men, allegedly involved in a bikie extortion ring targeting gym members, appeared in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on Thursday.
They were among more than a dozen men and women arrested in police raids this week.
Former Bandidos member Emmanuel George Janouris was accused of arranging a “chat” with an extortion target at a hotel over outstanding money last year.
The court heard the 31-year-old demanded the money and punched the target in the nose, breaking it.
The complainant allegedly deposited $4000 into the bank account of another gang member the following month.
Defence barrister Michael Copley said it was the alleged victim’s word against his client’s because there was no CCTV footage.
However Magistrate Elizabeth Hall said the complainant’s clear statement was strong evidence that a serious crime had been committed, and she refused bail.
Two other men arrested in connection with the extortion ring were granted bail after the magistrate deemed them a low risk of reoffending or fleeing.
Milan Kalanj, 26, and Jarrod Brown, 25, were ordered to surrender their passports and report regularly to police.
Former Bandidos Centro president George Bejat, 27, and alleged West End chapter sergeant-at-arms Zivko Stojakovic, 26, are expected to seek bail on Friday.
Police allege the bikie ring targeted young male gym-goers who handed over in total $16,000 in cash and $24,000 worth of jewellery and other property to avoid being bashed.