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Eight more arrests over Gold Coast bikie Shane Bowden's death, seven charged with murder

ABC NEWS logo ABC NEWS 11/07/2021 By Dea Clark
a man looking at the camera: Gold Coast Finks bikie Shane Bowden was shot 21 times in October last year. (Supplied) © Provided by ABC NEWS Gold Coast Finks bikie Shane Bowden was shot 21 times in October last year. (Supplied)

Police have charged seven more men with murder over the shooting death of Gold Coast bikie Shane Bowden in 2020.

Detectives executed eight search warrants across the Gold Coast, Logan and Redland Bay, as part of an operation launched following Mr Bowden's death.

He was shot 21 times in the driveway of his home at Pimpama on the Gold Coast in October. 

Mr Bowden was once part of the Finks OMCG but "patched over" to the Mongols in 2013.

Just before he was murdered last year, Mr Bowden had re-joined the Finks bikie club.

Ian Ronald Crowden, 46, was charged with murder on Saturday and is due to appear in the Brisbane Magistrates Court tomorrow, with police alleging the president of the Brisbane West Chapter of the Mongols outlaw motorcycle gang organised the hit.

Eight men, aged between 23 and 41 were arrested as part of today's raids, with seven of those charged with murder involving serious organised crime to appear in the Brisbane Magistrates Court tomorrow.

South-Eastern Police regional crime coordinator, Detective Superintendent Brendan Smith said today's arrests were a significant step towards dismantling organised crime.

"These arrests have decimated a whole chapter of the Mongols OMCG," Superintendent Smith said.

"The numbers involved are unprecedented and will be nationally significant.

"It points to the true nature of these gangs but importantly the ability of law enforcement to break their so-called loyalty and code of silence and bring them to justice.

"The murder of Shane Bowden involved significant planning by those involved resulting in a long and complicated investigation, but the dedication of the investigative team and our specialised units has borne fruit.

"The community can be assured that police have the ability to tackle organised crime groups regardless of their so-called sophistication."

Police continue to seek community assistance for any additional information which may assist the investigation and provide further closure for Mr Bowden's family.

Video: Major breakthrough in murder investigation of bikie Shane Bowden (Sky News Australia)


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