A 23-year-old Queensland woman has endured a savage beating by a man with alleged bikie links during an extortion attempt.
A Queensland woman targeted in an extortion attempt was allegedly beaten by a man with links to the Rebels bikie gang.
The attack came after a police raid on a property at Regents Park, south of Brisbane, found Rebel membership information, police say.
It’s understood a 36-year-old man, arrested on Monday, suspected the woman had passed information to police.
She was allegedly issued with a “fine” of $1000, bashed and given a deadline of August 11 to pay.
Detective Inspector Brendan Smith said the victim handed over $250 up front and was threatened with further violence if the balance remained outstanding.
He said the accused man allegedly followed the woman to an ATM.
“The deal was to ensure the police weren’t involved, the offender wanted to see her withdraw the money from her account,” he said.
During the beating, the woman, 23, was allegedly slammed against a brick wall and punched repeatedly in the face.
The man has been charged with two counts of extortion and one count each of assault occasioning bodily harm, obstructing police and possessing a drug implement.
He appeared in the Beenleigh Magistrates Court on Tuesday.
Det Insp Smith said the incident showed members of the public are not afraid to stand up to outlaw motorcycle gangs.
He said since a special police taskforce was formed last year, nearly 60 extortion charges have been laid.
Victims are protected by law enforcement authorities, with arrangements Det Insp Smith said were confidential but effective.
“Nobody has caught up with complainants so far.”