Ear-hackers await trial decision

TWO Tweed bikies who kidnapped a man and cut off his ears could face a heavy sentence if a judge decides the attack was part of an enforcement regime by a gang involved in organised crime.

Southport District Court judge Clive Wall has delayed sentencing the men while he decides on the underlying motive for the attack following a drug deal gone wrong.

He said the men could face a much-tougher sentence if he decides the assault was part of an operation of enforcement by an outlaw motorcycle gang involved in organised crime.

“My decision has the potential to increase the severity of the actions of both defendants, and therefore increase the severity of any sentence I pass,” Mr Wall told the court on Thursday.

Aaron Drew Scheers, 25, of Tweed Heads, and Benjamin James Dehnen, 32, of Kingscliff, both members of the Lone Wolf motorcycle club, pleaded guilty on April 6 to charges of kidnapping, assault, and intent to dis- figure, over an attack on Currumbin man David Holmes.

Mr Holmes was kidnapped on November 3, 2007 and taken to a secluded area of the Currumbin rock pools, where he was accused of stealing $40,000 the gang had given him to buy drugs.

The case will resume before the Southport District Court today.

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