After four weeks of evidence, three days of waiting and two murder convictions, Robert Edhouse — the self-appointed president of Perth’s nazi-affiliated Aryan Nations gang — finally showed his true colours yesterday.
Being led away ahead of an inevitable life sentence for the murder of Alan Taylor — the man whose house he stayed in, whose partner he had lured away and whose life he took — Edhouse’s veneer of an innocent, misunderstood neo-nazi melted away.
Instead, he let fly punches and rage towards Corey Dymock, the 21-year-old who had once been one his fawning followers.
As security guards descended, Edhouse family members tried to join in and chaos ensued.
Melony Attwood, the former partner of Mr Taylor, and the lover of Edhouse when the murder took place, cowered in the corner of the dock, tears in her eyes.
For Mr Taylor’s parents Rosemary and Robert, who attended every day of the trial to watch the mother of their grandson deny the murder of their son, it was a shocking and violent end to a dreadful ordeal.
It began in April 2016 when Attwood made a triple-0 call to police claiming she had found her partner dead in his bedroom and their Girrawheen house ransacked.
When ambulance officers arrived, they had to wait to gain entry because of warnings on their system alerting them to nazi regalia being noted at the Arnos Way address.
When police began looking closer, it was obvious this was no break-in gone wrong and that the culprits were much closer to Mr Taylor’s home.
Living in it, to be exact.
The strange domestic situation had Mr Taylor carrying on his FIFO career while Attwood looked after their three-year-old son, while also playing house-mother to Edhouse, Dymock and a 17-year-old follower of the far-right faction.
While Mr Taylor showed no interest in the movement, he did not seem to disapprove of Attwood’s. She claimed to be the leader of the female arm of Aryan Nations, dubbed “Aryan Girls United”.
Jackets, flags, stickers and pamphlets were made up and distributed around Perth, after Edhouse had returned from the US where he was anointed by affiliated leaders over there.
The Aryan Nations group in the US originated as an offshoot of the Sadistic Souls bikie group — an apt fit for Edhouse, who also comes from bikie stock.
His father is Andrew Edhouse, the once-notorious Club Deroes member who was acquitted of the shooting murder of a rival bikie Coffin Cheater in the early 2000s.
He now keeps to himself at a station, but he did come to court to see his son denying his own murder charge.
That charge, prosecutor Justin Whalley outlined, revolved not around Edhouse’s political leanings but in his desire to carry on his relationship with Attwood. She was confident that Mr Taylor’s death could lead to a life insurance payout of up to $1 million.
And both of them, because of the loyalty forged among the black bomber jackets and Dr Martens boots, knew they could count on their young followers to help them with the plan.
And so Dymock and another 17-year-old Aryan Nations member were recruited to what prosecutor’s described as a “death squad” — the latter saying he had been promised $100,000 if he went along.
He did, with the four meeting at Dymock’s Maylands apartment before travelling to the Girrawheen home with murder on their minds.
In 42 minutes from arriving to leaving, Mr Taylor was repeatedly battered around the head with a hammer as he lay in bed.
But doctors said it would have taken him between two and five hours to die.
In that time, the four went to the cinema before going to Dymock’s, where they laughed, joked and congratulated each other on getting the job done.
Dymock eventually told his girlfriend how he had struck Mr Taylor about the head with a hammer, and told police he had been bullied into taking part in the plan by threats from Edhouse.
The three will find out their fates on May 1.