The Advertiser | June 08, 2008
THE first stage of the State Government’s three-pronged legislative attack on outlaw bikie gangs and their associates comes into force today.
Gang members involved in brawls or those threatening witnesses will be charged with new offences under the Public Order Offences Act, which carries penalties of up to 10 years’ jail or fines of up to $10,000.
The new charges available to police are riot, affray and violent disorder.
They have been designed specifically to target offenders who have previously escaped justice because of witness intimidation or situations in which witnesses – such …