Australia - An alleged Bandidos bikie involved in the violent brawl outside a Gold Coast tapas restaurant last year falsely claimed he was an ex-SAS serviceman to avoid jail time, police say.
The 51-year-old man from Runcorn in Brisbane's south was arrested and charged over the September 27 restaurant brawl at Broadbeach, which involved up to 60 Bandidos.
He faced Brisbane Magistrates Court on December 19 and pleaded guilty to riot charges.
He allegedly told the court he had served for six years in the Australian Defence Force in Somalia and Bougainville, Papua New Guinea, and as a member of the SAS, in his appeal for a lenient sentence. Advertisement
The man was charged on Thursday with attempting to pervert the course of justice and falsely representing to be a returned soldier, after detectives with anti-bikie Taskforce Maxima investigated the claims he made in court.
He is due to face Brisbane Magistrates Court again on Thursday afternoon.
Meanwhile, another man fined for kicking a Customs dog at Gold Coast Airport has also been charged with claiming to be a returned soldier.
Strongman competitor Ian Ronald Crowden claimed to be a former military sniper when he faced Southport Magistrates Court last year charged with animal cruelty and obstructing a Customs officer.
He pleaded guilty to kicking a drugs sniffer dog at the airport and was fined $1000.
However, the 39-year-old was arrested and charged on Wednesday for falsely representing to be a returned soldier and attempting to pervert the course of justice.
He was granted bail at Brisbane Magistrates Court on Thursday morning and his matter was listed for mention next month.
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