Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Melbourne man extradited over Queensland 'bikie war' shootings

man accused of shooting two people in a busy Queensland shopping centre will be extradited to Queensland. Mark James Graham, 26, of Keilor, appeared in the Melbourne Magistrates Court this afternoon where he made no application for bail. Deputy chief magistrate Duncan Reynolds remanded him in the custody of Queensland Police to face Southport Magistrates Court on Thursday. Advertisement: Story continues below An innocent female bystander was one of two people shot at Robina Town Centre on Saturday afternoon, in an incident that is believed to be linked to a feud between outlaw motorcycle gangs. According to an extradition warrant, Graham is likely to face three charges including attempted murder, acts intended to cause grievous bodily harm and unlawful wounding. A two-day suppression order prohibiting the publication of images of Graham or depictions of any identifying features was also issued. A similar order is likely to be sought in Queensland after the defence said identity would be an issue if Graham faced trial. Graham was arrested by heavily-armed officers from the Special Operations Group and Taskforce Echo, which investigates illegal motorcycle gangs, in Melton about 8.20pm yesterday. The arrest followed a joint investigation by Victoria Police, Queensland Police and the Australian Federal Police. The 53-year-old woman who was struck by a stray bullet at the shopping centre was taken to the Gold Coast Hospital where she was treated for a bullet wound to her pelvis. A Bandidos member, named by police sources as Jacques Teamo, was also shot in the left bicep in front of his two children. Mr Teamo, who has since been released from hospital, is believed to know his attacker but is refusing to talk to police. The shooting is believed to be part of a revenge attack on Mr Teamo, whose Mermaid Beach East Coast Ink tattoo parlour was shot at last week. Yesterday, Deputy Police Commissioner Ian Stewart told the ABC that police intelligence suggested the Hells Angels and Bandidos were involved in an escalating turf war, as well as other outlaw bikie gangs.

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