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Fresh charges laid against Rebels bikies accused of Finks bashing

Three Rebels bikies who allegedly bashed two Finks members at Belconnen Mall have been charged with stealing two t-shirts.

The trio were arrested in October and initially charged with affray and participating in a criminal group.

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CCTV footage shows the fight between members of the Canberra Rebels and two men wearing shirts with the word FINKS. NO SOUND. The footage in this video occasionally freezes.

They have all pleaded not guilty.

Prosecutors laid two fresh charges of aggravated robbery against the bikies in the ACT Magistrates Court on Friday.

Kirk James Newman, 27, and Fakatounaulupe Ngata, 35, both entered pleas of not guilty.

Their co-accused, Dean Reid, 26, is expected to enter a plea next month.


Police allege the trio confronted two men in motorcycle clothing at an entrance to Belconnen Mall about 6pm on October 4.

Court documents said the trio then assaulted, pointed a gun at, and stripped the rival gang members of t-shirts emblazoned with the word FINKS.

The entire incident was caught on the mall's CCTV system and has been tendered as evidence.

The fresh charges relate to the alleged theft of each t-shirt and constitute aggravated robbery as the Rebels were in company and allegedly used force.

The men's defence lawyers foreshadowed the matters could be committed to the ACT Supreme Court at the next appearance.

Magistrate Robert Cook listed Newman and Ngata to reappear on March 13.

Reid was scheduled to appear on March 6 to enter a plea to the fresh allegations.

Mr Cook also refused an application by Newman to vary his bail conditions.

Newman's defence lawyer, Vienna Conliffe, sought to delete a condition that prevented him from leaving the ACT on the grounds it restricted his movement unnecessarily.

Prosecutor Mark Fernandez opposed the application, arguing Newman could reoffend or intimidate witnesses if the condition were deleted.

Mr Cook kept the existing conditions in place.