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Vic bikie accused of threatening driver

AAP logoAAP 9/08/2016 By Jacqueline Le

A Victorian bikie allegedly pointed a gun at a driver he was robbing and said "If you try and run I'll pop you" before forcing the victim into the boot of his own car.

Shane Middleton, 26, on Tuesday pleaded not guilty to armed robbery, false imprisonment and making threats to kill in relation to the 2015 incident.

The Mongols sergeant-at-arms is accused of forcing a man to get out of his car at gunpoint in Clayton South in July last year while the bikie searched it for valuables.

The man was playing with his phone in his car as he waited for a friend to arrive when Middleton allegedly approached him.

"He pulled his jumper up and pulled a silver handgun from the front of his pants," the man said in a statement to police presented to the Melbourne Magistrates' Court on Tuesday.

Shocked and confused, the man asked Middleton who he was and what he was doing.

"He said 'I'm robbing you, dickhead'," the victim later told police.

Middleton allegedly told the man to comply with his demands or he'd be killed.

"He told me 'If you try and run I'll pop ya'."

The man says Middleton searched his car for 20 minutes before finding his wallet which contained his driver's licence.

The bikie allegedly threatened to come after the driver if he went to the police.

The driver says he was forced to climb into the boot of his own car and Middleton told him the car would be torched.

But after hearing another car drive off the man escaped and raised the alarm.

He initially told police he was scared for his family's safety and refused to make a statement. He changed his mind several months later, however.

Middleton pleaded not guilty to the charges and was ordered to stand trial following a committal hearing in the magistrates' court on Tuesday.

The matter will proceed before the Victorian County Court.

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