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Comanchero state president Mick Murray applies for bail, denies owning property where guns were found

When police raided a semi-rural property allegedly linked to Comanchero state president Mick Murray, they found guns wrapped in plastic bags near a dam because it had dried up, a court has heard.

The heavily tattooed, powerfully-built Mr Murray has denied owning the property in Dewhurst, 55 kilometres east of Melbourne, saying it belonged to his wife.

Applying for bail in the Supreme Court on Monday, Mr Murray's defence barrister Philip Dunn, QC, said his client had been a member of the Comanchero outlaw motorcycle gang for about eight years but wanted to resign as president to be with his wife and young daughter and run his gym and tattoo parlour.

Mr Murray, 36, was arrested in March after police raided his Lysterfield South home and swooped on properties across Melbourne linked to the outlaw motorcycle gang.

He and two other Comancheros – Robert Morando, 41, and Almir Dzafic, 33 – were charged with attempting to pervert the course of justice after the raids.

Mr Murray is alleged to have attempted to convince a man to give false information to police about the possession of explosives seized earlier this year from a property owned by Mr Morando.


Mr Murray is accused of trying to get the man to take the rap for Mr Morando during two meetings in February.

Mr Murray also faces charges of possessing six long-arm firearms, including shotguns and rifles, and three handguns, as well as testosterone uncovered during raids by Victoria's anti-bikie Echo taskforce.

Prosecutor Bill Stougiannos told the court on Monday that despite Mr Murray apparently having "seen the light" after his arrest, given he was now planning to resign as Comanchero state president, he should still not be granted bail because he was a significant risk of interfering with witnesses and committing further offences.

Mr Stougiannos said Mr Murray had allegedly been caught with $89,000 in cash, guns and ammunition, creating "a sinister picture of criminality".

The prosecutor said the fact Mr Murray's wife and five-year-old daughter were coeliacs, which was another reason he claimed he needed to be allowed to go home, was of no significance as these days supermarkets offered a whole shelf of gluten-free products.

Mr Dunn said if Mr Murray was not granted bail, he would remain in custody for more than a year before his trial.

He said Mr Murray had had a moment or two to contemplate his situation and wanted to resign from the Comancheros.

Mr Murray had been a basketballer of some note when he was a teenager, winning a scholarship to the United States and representing Australia, before developing a passion for physical fitness which led him into body building and later owning the Nitro gym in Hallam and the Nitro tattoo parlour.

Mr Dunn said Mr Murray had drifted into the Comancheros through his gym business but now wanted nothing more to do with the bikie gang, preferring to run his businesses and look after his family.

Mr Murray's wife was struggling to cope while he was behind bars, having to cook special meals every day for their daughter and take her to school and look after her while also trying to run her husband's businesses.

Mr Dunn said the couple had a $1.2 million mortgage on their home which they could lose if Mr Murray was not back running the businesses.

An associate of Mr Murray was prepared to put up a $1 million surety for him and the Comanchero boss would agree to a strict curfew and report daily to police if granted bail.

Justice Gregory Garde will hand down his decision on Mr Murray's bail application on Tuesday.