Court security was increased. Photo: Angela Wylie
Two groups linked to outlaw motorcycle gangs will be kept apart when they next face court.
After a week of violent attacks across Melbourne, authorities stressed court security on Wednesday when six of eight men arrested in Tuesday night's police raids appeared before Melbourne Magistrates Court on assault, weapons and drug charges.
Deputy chief magistrate Jelena Popovic asked police in court to show their hands to ease her concerns over security before four men aligned with the Comancheros were escorted in by security staff. Supporters of the men were seated in court.
Looking down the barrel.
During an earlier appearance by one man affiliated with the Hells Angels, Dennis Basic, prosecutor Gavin Silbert, SC, said the two groups would face separate committal hearings.
Security was beefed up in and outside the Melbourne court complex.
Police confirmed that a man, 22, of Carrum Downs, was arrested on Wednesday, following the eight arrests on Tuesday night.
The Comancheros, Gemino Aloia, 26, Bemir Saracevic, 26, Emir Jaha, 27, and Mark Balsillie, 29, were all remanded to appear in court on December19. Mr Basic was remanded to face a committal hearing on December 20.
Mohammed Khodr, also aligned with the Hells Angels, was granted bail to return to court on October 15.
Bashkim Gashi, 30, believed to be affiliated with the Comancheros, appeared at Dandenong Magistrates Court.
He was remanded to appear again on October 30.
Another man arrested on Tuesday night, Neke Wirhana, 21, was also charged, and appeared before court on Wednesday. In raids across Melbourne of both gangs' clubhouses and eight private homes, police seized high-powered weapons, $40,000 cash and explosives.
The Hells Angels' new Darkside chapter clubhouse in Seaford was sprayed with bullets on Monday night.
This was only hours after two businesses linked to the Comancheros, in Dandenong and Hallam, were shot at in the morning.
Two undetonated home-made bombs were found inside one of the businesses, a gym.
Earlier, a Comanchero chapter president was shot in the back. He later checked himself out of a Melbourne hospital.
Mr Basic, 33, faces seven charges of possessing firearms, five of storing components used in explosives and one charge of having possessed a silencer for a rifle. Mr Aloia, Mr Saracevic and Mr Balsillie are all charged with having threatened to kill or injure a man on September 24 unless he paid them money.
They were also charged with having taped a bullet to the front door of the man's Lower Templestowe home. Mr Saracevic and Mr Balsillie are also alleged to have made similar threats to a woman at the same address.
Mr Jaha and Mr Balsillie are both charged with assaulting two men in Braeside on July 20. Mr Aloia and Mr Jaha also face firearms offences.
The four Comanchero members were all seated together, all wearing black T-shirts, when they were brought into court. Mr Jaha waved to supporters as the group was escorted out by security staff. Mr Khodr, 26, who faces two charges of possessing anabolic steroids, was granted bail on the condition that he report to police three times a week and not associate with any other Hells Angels members, other than his brother.
♦ A fourth Hells Angel member was arrested on Wednesday in connection with a spate of violent attacks betwen outlaw motorcycle gangs this week.
Police said special operations group officers arrested a 22-year-old man with links to the Hells Angels in Carrum Downs in Melbourne’s south.