The family of a bikie who was assassinated at a drag race have asked taxpayers to fund his funeral.
Former Rebels boss Nick Martin was shot in the back at the Outlaw Nitro Challenge drag racing event at the Perth Motorplex at 8.30pm on 12 December.
Police are investigating if a hired assassin picked him off with a sniper from 300 metres away while he watched the race with his wife and step-daughter.
Former Rebels boss Nick Martin (pictured with his wife) was shot in the back at the Outlaw Nitro Challenge drag racing event at the Perth Motorplex at 8.30pm on 12 December
Martin’s family have applied for cash under Western Australia’s Homicide Funeral Assistance Scheme which gives up to $8,000 towards the funeral of murder or manslaughter victims.
But state attorney-general John Quigley has knocked back the claim, according to the West Australian.
‘Hell will freeze over before we pay for a bikie’s funeral,’ Mr Quigley said.
‘No way. No way. The taxpayers will not be paying for Mr Martin’s funeral. Full stop.’
The Western Australian government is offering a reward of up to $1million for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Martin’s killer.
Detectives are investigating whether an east coast hitman was behind the assassination.
Western Australia Police have confirmed to Daily Mail Australia they are working with partner agencies in eastern states as they probe the possibility of a fly-in-fly-out killer.
Nick Martin at the Rebels clubhouse. The bikie boss was murdered in public in front of his family
Paramedics tried to save bikie boss Nick Martin as shocked families watched in horror after the shooting on Saturday night. Pictured: paramedics at the scene
One of Australia’s experts on outlaw motorcycle gangs said the brazen attack does not have any of the hallmarks of ‘bikie activity’.
‘If this was a dispute between clubs or an internal conflict within a club, it wouldn’t have happened this way,’ Queensland University of Technology associate professor of criminology Mark Lauchs told Daily Mail Australia.
‘It would be a much more public confrontation or they would have ambushed him. It’s not common to kill people in other OMGs over what they call – club business.’
Prof Lauchs said bikies don’t typically have the marksmanship skills to take a shot from such a great distance – especially in front of bystanders.
He suspects a professional shooter from another organised crime outfit carried out the attack.
‘Based on other cases in Australia where someone has been intentionally killed and not accidentally killed in a drive-by – it’s usually associated with organised crime rather than OMGs,’ Prof Lauchs said.
‘It would be very unusual for an OMG to carry out this kind of attack.’
One of the possible shooter locations at the Perth Motorplex. A long shot would indicate a sniper, experts say
Although bikie chapters mostly operate separately and rarely bring in members from other states, that’s not the case when it comes to more traditional Australian organised crime.
‘Historically if you are in organised crime in Australia and you want to do a hit on someone, you would bring someone from interstate who can come and do it and then leave,’ Prof Lauchs said.
‘You fly someone in from outside the jurisdiction so they can get up and leave for the purpose that local police will never catch them – simply because they are not looking for this person.’
Even if an interstate killer is captured on camera, local police will have a tough time trying to identify the suspect – as investigators will need to undertake the painstaking process of liaising with other law enforcement agencies across Australia.
‘Going back 100 years, this has been the classic organised crime method of doing things,’ Prof Lauchs said.
Western Australia reopened its borders to New South Wales and Victoria on 8 December after being closed to non-citizens and non-residents since March due to coronavirus.
‘There must have been a shortage of organised crime hits during Covid because they couldn’t fly interstate,’ Prof Lauchs said.
‘So I wouldn’t be surprised if there was a connection between the timing of the borders opening and this killing.’
The brazen nature of the execution which also injured another Rebels gang member and a five-year-old boy, who was sitting on his parent’s lap nearby, has authorities desperately seeking answers.
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