Five men with links to the Comanchero bikie gang have been found guilty of kidnapping a drug dealer and terrorising him in a 20-hour ordeal sparked by a dispute about a Harley-Davidson motorbike taken as collateral for a drug deal gone wrong.
In the hours Denis Brown was held captive in August last year, he was driven from his Ellenbrook home to Rockingham and to suburbs in between where he was repeatedly assaulted, threatened with a gun, doused in kerosene and forced to watch as his house was ransacked.
The assailants — Darryl Peter Haddrill, Joshua David Joseph Bolton, Kim Roy Hansen, Malcolm Theodore Ward and Dejan Kalezic — were on Monday found guilty of detaining another to gain a benefit and assault occasioning bodily harm after a District Court trial.
Haddrill, Kalezic, Ward and Bolton were also convicted of aggravated burglary.
Hansen was not charged with the offence.
During the trial, Mr Brown testified Haddrill had asked him to order $55,000 worth of methamphetamine from his drug supplier and when he did not pay for it, he agreed to hand over his motorbike as security.
Prosecutors said it was agreed Haddrill would get the meth and his motorbike back after he paid up — but said it was instead retrieved after brutally bashing Mr Brown and depriving him of his liberty.
In his testimony, Mr Brown said he was confronted at his Ellenbrook home in early morning darkness by two men, including a crowbar-wielding Bolton, who told him to get into the boot of a car.
Mr Brown said he was driven to a bush location where Bolton — who is believed to be a member of the Comancheros — punched him twice in the face before holding a handgun to the back of his kneecap and demanding to know the location of the motorbike.
He said he was taken to his drug supplier’s Rockingham home to get the Harley but the group diverted to Bassendean or Bayswater where he was again assaulted before having one of his feet doused in kerosene.
The victim testified that he was then taken to his home, which was ransacked.
After the motorbike was recovered, Mr Brown said he was then instructed to ask his parents for $70,000 to cover damages to the motorbike and “the stuff around for taking it”.
The men will be sentenced on December 13.
Source: The West Australian