OMCG, they’re in the Tweed
A LEADING criminologist has claimed there is credible evidence to suggest members of Outlaw Motor Cycle Gangs (OMCGs) are using gyms in the Tweed to escape strict Queensland association laws, which prohibit the members from working out together.
Dr Terry Goldsworthy's comments follow the recent arrest of alleged Lone Wolf members Jordan Johnson Curry, 32, and Mark Clinton Atta-Singh, 34, at a Tweed coast gym over allegations the pair were threatening guards at Woodford Correctional Centre in Queensland.
They were spotted by an off-duty policeman at a local gym and and this week faced Caboolture Magistrates Court charged with unlawfully assaulting, resisting or obstructing a public officer in their line of duty.
Neither man made a plea, and both will return to court on January 9.
Dr Goldsworthy believes the latest case shows OMCG members purposely use NSW facilities to stay off the police radar.
"I believe that would be the case, if it was in close proximity to the border, that they (OMCG) would use Tweed Coast gyms as a strategy to avoid the scrutiny and rigorous approach to bikies in Queensland at the moment, due to anti-bikie laws."
Dr Goldsworthy said that anecdotally OMCG members worked out together under a "hang together, train together" mantra and that through convictions they have also been linked to the supply and use of illegal muscle-building steroids.
Bond University will shortly launch a national research study into the link between steroids and OMCGs.
The Australian High Court yesterday struck out a challenge to Queensland's controversial bikie laws.
The court ruled Hells Angel Stefan Kuczborski did not have a standing to mount the challenge.