BRISBANE – Past-President of the Bandidos biker gang, Brett Pechey, 26, surrendered to Australia’s anti-biker squad Taskforce Maxima, 18 months after fleeing the country after the infamous Broadbeach restaurant brawl.
Pechey fled to Thailand after 60 Bandidos members overran a Broadbeach restaurant strip in 2013, intimidating and challenging police officers, resulting in an altercation which saw 18 bikers arrested and seven people injured, including four police officers.
The brawl prompted the establishment of Queensland’s controversial Vicious Lawless Association Disestablishment laws in a bid to crack down on biker-related crime in the state.
The heavily-tattooed Pechey was marched through the airport in handcuffs by police after arriving on a flight from Thailand shortly after midday.
Last June Thai police learned about the Australian warrant out for Pechey’s arrest and threatened to deport him if he did not pay $120,000. The national anti-gang taskforce and AFP were working with Thai authorities to extradite Pechey back to Australia.
Pechey faces a number of new charges including extortion, assault, stalking, threatening violence and failing to appear in court.
The Bandidos, along with several other biker gangs, were outlawed after the Broadbeach brawl which triggered an unprecedented $20 million state government crackdown on biker gangs.