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Canberra bikie caught with baseball bat breached parole, court hears

A Canberra bikie who police caught walking down a Wanniassa street with a metal baseball bat on Sunday night had chased a driver who tried to run him off the road, a court has heard.

Alex Bourne, 28, was arrested over a breach of parole conditions imposed when he was sentenced late last year for a bashing linked to a bikie gang dispute over an unpaid motorcycle repair bill.

A Canberra bikie told police five people in a red van tried to run him off the road, the  ACT Magistrates Court was told.
A Canberra bikie told police five people in a red van tried to run him off the road, the ACT Magistrates Court was told. 

Bourne last year pleaded guilty in the ACT Supreme Court to assault occasioning bodily harm over the attack, which he carried out with a member of the Rebels outlaw motorcycle group, in January 2014. 

He appeared in the ACT Magistrates Court on Monday charged with driving an unregistered vehicle and possessing an offensive weapon with intent.

Bourne did not enter pleas. 

Court documents said police were patrolling Wanniassa when they noticed an empty white Mitsubishi sedan stopped in the middle of McBryde Crescent with its engine running, headlights on and driver's side front door open shortly after 10pm. 


Police allegedly noticed the defendant walking towards the car with a black-coloured metal baseball bat in his hand.

They approached Bourne, told him to drop the bat and asked him why he was holding it.

"I was chasing idiots in a red car who tried to run me off the road," Bourne allegedly said.

"There was five of them and only me."

"They were acting stupid, stopping and driving off in front of me, they nearly hit me and I have lost one of my hubcaps." 

Bourne told police the group was in a red van that had been in the nearby Erindale Shopping Centre carpark, but police allegedly could not see any cars or people in the area.

Police searched the sedan and found a second wooden baseball bat which had been broken into two pieces. 

Further checks revealed Bourne was subject to parole conditions which banned him from possessing or controlling an offensive weapon.

The registration on Bourne's car had also been suspended due to a previous defect notice.

Prosecutors opposed bail on grounds Bourne had breached his parole but duty lawyer Hugh Jorgensen​ said the defendant didn't know a baseball bat was considered an offensive weapon. 

Mr Jorgensen told the court there were lawful uses for a baseball bat.

That prompted ACT Magistrate Karen Fryar​ to respond: "Clearly at 10.15 at night in the middle of the road he was not intending to play a game."

Mr Jorgensen said Bourne was behaving lawfully when the other driver had tried to run him off the road, and he had otherwise complied with his parole conditions. 

Bourne was released on bail and Ms Fryar said the breach would best be dealt with by the Sentence Administration Board, which handles parole in the ACT, later this month.