Bikies fined over 'ballroom blitz' brawl


TWO motorcycle gang members have been fined for their part in the Gold Coast's "Ballroom Blitz" brawl, in which three people were shot and two stabbed.

The Brisbane District Court was Friday told Tyson James Ward, 31, and Ross Glen Thomas, 35, were minor players in the brawl on March 18, 2006.

The fight erupted between rival Hell's Angels and Finks gang members during a kickboxing tournament at the Gold Coast's Royal Pines Resort.

Prosecutor Todd Fuller told the court Ward and Thomas Finks members who had travelled from interstate for the sporting event attacked members of the Hell's Angels.

Mr Fuller said Ward, from Perth, repeatedly punched Hell's Angel Christopher Hudson in the back while another Finks' member held him down.

The court was told Thomas, from Alice Springs, threw punches at a number of Hell's Angels before being shot in the arm.

Ward Friday pleaded guilty to one count of assault occasioning bodily harm, and was fined $3000 with a conviction recorded.

Thomas pleaded guilty to one charge of affray, and was fined $1000 with no conviction recorded.

Defence lawyer Bill Potts described footage of the brawl as being like a bad Wild West movie.

Acting Judge Brian Devereaux agreed, but said Ward was only a minor actor, and Thomas an extra.

The brawl's two main players, Shane Scott Bowden, 36, and Nicholas John Forbes, 39, have already been sentenced for their roles in the melee.

Bowden was sentenced to six-and-a-half years' jail and declared a serious violent offender after pleading guilty to assault occasioning bodily harm, unlawful wounding with intent to maim and discharging a weapon in a public place.

Forbes received an 18-month sentence for assault occasioning bodily harm whilst armed.

Hudson was last month jailed for 35 years after a drug and alcohol-fuelled shooting spree in Melbourne last year that left one man dead and two other people injured.

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