Company offered $10k to drop bid for bikie stronghold

Drone footage of the Ponde property during the search for evidence in two murder cases. Picture: Nine News

On Monday, the Supreme Courtroom heard the outlaw gang should really not have its authorized expenditures reimbursed, even though the audacious application to declare Ponde an “instrument of crime” has been abandoned.

Todd Golding, for the Office environment of the Director of Public Prosecutions, claimed every facet should really stroll away bearing no extra than its individual expenditures.

He claimed that situation was supported not only by legislation, but also by Disorganised Developments alone – based on a letter the enterprise despatched to the DPP when the scenario commenced.

“In January, Disorganised Developments designed an provide by way of deed – $10,000, with every occasion to bear its individual expenditures, and a discontinuance of the scenario,” he claimed.

“That provide was not recognized … this is a scenario that’s about instrument of criminal offense, merely presenting an volume of cash does not get to the coronary heart of the dilemma.

“This was about regardless of whether there was a general public interest in the enterprise being deprived of that instrument, and no volume of cash was heading to fulfill that – no provide was proper.”

In December, prosecutors submitted a forfeiture injunction versus the 15ha property which has, for extra than forty many years, been the gang’s untouchable “home away from home”.

They asserted Ponde was “an instrument of crime” mainly because the getaway car made use of in the murder of Mark Boyce experienced been buried there, leaving it liable for seizure.

Their scenario ran into issues, however, when one decide experienced to disqualify himself and the gang’s attorneys argued the bid was an abuse of the authorized system.

Final 7 days, point out authorities attorneys informed the courtroom the scenario would not carry on but did not give any purpose as to why.

In a statement, Director of Public Prosecutions Martin Hinton QC – who introduced the bid – claimed he experienced “reassessed the potential clients of success and the associated cost”.

On Monday, Jonathan Wells QC, for Disorganised Developments, claimed his consumer deserved “compensation” for “all it experienced been by way of and suffered”.

He claimed the company’s administrators “did not know” the car experienced been buried, and “fundamentally contested” the allegation it was made use of in the murder.

“This property is not a ‘stronghold’ at all, it’s a hardly-fenced, distant, rural property,” he claimed.

“The fencing on either facet of the padlocked gate is laying flat on its face.

“The thought that this is a ‘stronghold’ is fairly considerably laughable … this is the really reverse of a stronghold.”

Justice Malcolm Blue has reserved his selection.