Bikies charged over severing man's ears

Write body Req: 73 Act: 73 Fit: THREE Tweed men appeared in court yesterday in relation to the brutal attack on a Currumbin man, who had his ears severed after% being abducted from his home. All three men, members of the Lone Wolves bikie gang, were charged with kidnapping, torture and grievous bodily harm with% intent. The 38-year-old victim, who% reportedly refused to co-operate with police, was found by picnick- ers in Currumbin bushland on% November 3. Police allege the man was% --------------- --------------- beaten and tortured over several hours in Springbrook National Park before being released. Tweed Heads man Aaron Drew Scheers, 24, who police allege cut the man's ears off, will face a three-day committal hearing from June 3 at Southport Magistrates Court. Ray Kenneth Brookes, 30, of Pottsville, and Benjamin James Dehnen, 31, of Kingscliff, will reap- pear in the same court for mention on Monday. None applied for bail. Two other men, aged 25 and 36, will be extradited from NSW later this week to appear in Southport Magistrates Court on the same charges. --------------- --------------- Queensland Police's Outlaw Mo- tor Cycle Gang (OMCG) Task Force Hydra had been investigat- ing links between the Lone Wolf bikie gang and the attack. Officers from Taskforce Hydra, assisted by Tweed/Byron police, arrested five men on Wednesday after a 24-year-old man attending Coolangatta Police Station on an unrelated matter was detained and charged. Police executed a number of search warrants at homes in Tweed Heads, Pottsville, Kunghur and West Tweed. The Lone Wolves clubhouse in a Currumbin indus- trial estate was also raided. Four of the five men arrested are --------------- --------------- members of the Lone Wolves bikie gang, while the fifth man was a% nominee of the club and a Coom- icub gang member. Detective Chief Superintendent Ross Barnett said Wednesday's% arrests had followed relentless police investigations. "These arrests send a clear sig- nal that the community will not ac- cept these types of crimes, and we will pursue those responsible with all means at our disposal," he said. Investigations in the case re- ceived a boost earlier this month after the second severed ear and adhesive taping allegedly used to bind the victim were located in Springbrook National Park.



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