A man believed to be the boss of one of the State’s most feared bikie gangs allegedly ran a knife along his throat and laughed at officers as he drove alongside an unmarked police car last year.
Ray Cilli remains behind bars after a Supreme Court judge yesterday refused to grant him bail, finding there was a “very real possibility” he would carry out serious crimes if released.
Mr Cilli, who has previously been described as the State commander of the Comancheros, was arrested last month after he was spotted by undercover police at Health Freak Cafe in Cockburn with fellow gang member Steffan Bourke.
The meeting was the morning after shots were fired at the house of a rival Rebels member, though no evidence of any link between Mr Cilli, Mr Bourke and the shooting has been found or alleged by police.
Both men were on bail on separate charges and had been prohibited by a court from meeting each other or anyone else in the gang.
Giving her reasons for keeping Mr Cilli behind bars yesterday, Justice Lindy Jenkins revealed previously unknown details of the 26-year-old’s alleged crimes.
They include accusations he threatened to “bash the f… out of” a man in an intercepted phone call, telling him he “better buy yourself out of this” with $10,000.
Four months later, while he was on bail on that alleged offence, Mr Cilli allegedly drove alongside an unmarked police car, drew out a knife and ran it along his throat while laughing at officers.
Police found the knife when they pulled Mr Cilli over and searched the car.
Mr Cilli denies both allegations.
When arguing their case for bail this week, Mr Cilli and Mr Bourke said their coffee shop meeting was by chance and their conversation was not connected to bikie business.
They said Mr Cilli was showing Mr Bourke — who was on bail after police allegedly found 10g of cocaine in a sock during a raid on his home — pictures of his children. But Justice Jenkins found this account was false.
Prosecutors opposed bail, with senior police previously revealing fears the public could be caught up in the escalating war between opposing bikie gangs. They claimed Mr Cilli’s safety could be at risk.
Justice Jenkins said there was no evidence Mr Cilli’s safety was at risk, but said he had a “long-standing and widespread” history of failing to obey orders from authorities including courts.
Mr Cilli “flagrantly” breached the conditions of his bail by meeting with Mr Bourke, Justice Jenkins said, and there was “a very real possibility he will commit serious offences while on bail”. She said there were no conditions she could impose that would reduce that risk.
Justice Jenkins granted Mr Bourke home detention bail on several strict conditions.