Long-time WA Rebels bikie boss Nick Martin intends to fight allegations he endangered the life of an associate by repeatedly punching him in front of shocked families at the Malaga Markets late last year.
Wearing a casual all-black ensemble — including a T-shirt emblazoned with Rebel Army, and thongs — the gang’s State president briefly faced a Joondalup court yesterday over the public stoush.
Police claim the 49-year-old was at the markets with several other members of the outlaw motorcycle gang on December 29 when he approached a man he knew and “assaulted him a number of times”.
Children were among those who witnessed the violence, police claim.
Mr Martin did not have to enter a plea during yesterday’s hearing but after court, his lawyer Michael Tudori said he intended to fight the allegations.
He has been charged with one count of doing an unlawful act that endangers the life, health or safety of a person.
“At this stage we’re pleading not guilty to the current charge,” Mr Tudori said. “There was a disagreement between Nick Martin and someone he knows and a fight happened after that.”
The 49-year-old is on bail and yesterday Mr Tudori told the court that police had agreed to remove a bail condition that had banned his client from associating with other outlaw bikies.
The case was adjourned for eight weeks and Mr Martin is expected back in court on April 8.
The Rebels are WA’s biggest gang and, as well as being State president, Mr Martin has filled in as the national leader.
He survived being shot in his Balcatta driveway in 2011 during a violent feud with the Rock Machine OMCG that featured tit-for-tat firebombings and bashings.
Early last year he and State vice-president Mark Rodgers were blocked from entering Thailand and the gang claimed Australian Federal Police had tipped off Thai officials about their roles.