Nomads, Finks bikies in court over brawls

ACCUSED: Blake Kevin Martin, 26, leaves Newcastle courthouse on Thursday. He has been charged with two counts of affray and other serious offences in relation to two brawls at Honeysuckle and Kotara last month.


ONE of four Nomads bikies charged over a wild brawl at the Honeysuckle hotel – in which two men were allegedly headbutted, bashed, stomped and glassed –has had a charge of reckless wounding dropped, Newcastle Local Court has heard.

Dylan Britliffe, 32, appeared in court in handcuffs on Thursday after police applied for a detention application, citing a failure to report to apolice station on Tuesday as part of his strict bail conditions.

Mr Britliffe had been accused of hitting a 40-year-old Sydney man in the neck with a glass, causing a deep cut to his neck, during a brawl in the smoking area of the hotel on March 25.

But Mr Britliffe’s solicitor, Iain Bruce, told Magistrate Ian Cheetham that the reckless wounding charge leveled against his client would be withdrawn, with a charge of assault occasioning actual bodily harm laid in its place.

Instead, another Nomads bikie, James Kenneth Quinnell, has been charged with reckless wounding in relation to the alleged Honeysuckle Hotel assault.

Mr Quinnell, who was already charged with affray, also faced a detention application in Newcastle Local Court on Thursday, but didn’t come up from the courthouse cells and the matter was adjourned to Friday.

Mr Bruce waved a raft of medical documents from the bar table that, he said, explained Mr Britliffe’s absence from the police station and the detention application was withdrawn.

Mr Cheetham granted Mr Britliffe bail for the second time since he and three other Nomads were arrested when their Islington clubhouse was shot up on a wild weekend that triggered a series of retaliatory acts and has led to police ramping up their crackdown on outlaw motorcycle gangs in the Hunter, culminating in theGangs Squaddismantling the Nomads Muswellbrook clubhouse on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, 26-year-old Blake Kevin Martin, another Nomads bikie, charged with affray over the alleged brawl at the Honeysuckle Hotel on March 25, and affray, damaging property and using an offensive weapon with intent to commit an indictable offence in relation to an alleged assault on a Finks outlaw motorcycle gang member at Anytime Fitness, Kotara the day before, also appeared in court on Thursday.

His matter was adjourned to April 20.

Another bikie, high-ranking Finks member Adam Luke Gould, who is accused of using a baseball bat during a wild brawl at Wallsend in December, had his matter mentioned in Newcastle Local Court on Thursday.

Mr Gould, 32, has pleaded not guilty to affrayand using an offensive weapon with intent to commit an indictable offence.

Mr Gould, who was excused from attending court, will face a hearing in June.