A Queensland woman targeted in an extortion attempt was
allegedly beaten by a man with links to the Rebels bikie
The attack came after a police raid on a property at Regents
Park, south of Brisbane, found Rebel membership information,
It's understood a 36-year-old man, arrested on Monday,
suspected the woman had passed information to police.
She was allegedly issued with a "fine" of $1000, bashed and
given a deadline of August 11 to pay.
Detective Inspector Brendan Smith said the victim handed over
$250 up front and was threatened with further violence if the
balance remained outstanding.
He said the accused man allegedly followed the woman to an
"The deal was to ensure the police weren't involved, the
offender wanted to see her withdraw the money from her
account," he said.
During the beating, the woman, 23, was allegedly slammed
against a brick wall and punched repeatedly in the face.
The man has been charged with two counts of extortion and one
count each of assault occasioning bodily harm, obstructing
police and possessing a drug implement.
He appeared in the Beenleigh Magistrates Court yesterday.
Det Insp Smith said the incident showed members of the public
are not afraid to stand up to outlaw motorcycle gangs.
He said since a special police taskforce was formed last
year, nearly 60 extortion charges have been laid.
Victims are protected by law enforcement authorities, with
arrangements Det Insp Smith said were confidential but
"Nobody has caught up with complainants so far."