Ipswich Bandido involved in riot to be sentenced next month
THE Ipswich Bandido involved in the notorious 2013 Broadbeach riot will learn his fate next month.
The first day of the sentencing hearing for Ryan John Mercer and seven other Bandidos was held on Wednesday at the Brisbane Magistrates Court.
Mercer, from Raceview, was one of 40 Bandido members who gathered in the Broadbeach mall on the Gold Coast to search for two Finks gang members.
All Bandidos were in gang colours except Jacques Teamo, the bikie shot in the 2012 Robina Town Centre shooting.
The group walked through the mall like "men on a mission" until about 20 Bandidos found Finks Matthew Sward and Jason Trouchet in a tapas bar.
The two Finks took the confrontation outside and Trouchet punched Teamo. Police quickly broke up the fight but were forced to call for immediate back-up because of the number of Bandidos.
The court heard the bikies began threatening and swearing at the officers until police gained control of the situation.
Mercer pleaded guilty to affray and public nuisance earlier this year.
Mercer spent 13 days in jail on the charges - longer than many co-accused facing more serious riot charges.
Defence barrister Patrick Wilson said Mercer had broken all ties with the Bandidos since the incident and had enrolled in a three year Evocca College training program.
Mr Wilson said because of the time Mercer had already spent in jail on the charges, community service or a large fine were the most appropriate sentences.
Magistrate Michael Quinn will finish the sentencing on August 14 in Brisbane.
- APN NEWSDESK