A bikie who killed by a suspected sniper has been given a grand sendoff in a coffin coated in $100 notes adopted by a procession of a whole bunch of motorcyclists.
Nick Martin was shot within the again whereas attending the Outlaw Nitro Problem drag racing occasion on the Perth Motorplex, Kwinana Seaside, on December 12.
The previous Rebels bikie boss is believed to have been killed by a sniper in a highly-orchestrated assassination carried out in entrance of horrified households and youngsters, together with his personal spouse and step-daughter.
There have been unimaginable scenes on Wednesday as a whole bunch of bikies from the Rebels and different golf equipment shaped a particularly lengthy motorcade to farewell Martin earlier than he was laid to relaxation at Pinnaroo Cemetery in Perth’s north.
A large police presence shadowed the bikies with a police marksman hanging out of a helicopter – as fears of an all out gang battle develop in Western Australia.
A motorcade follows the coffin of Rebels bikie Nick Martin into Pinnaroo Cemetery throughout the funeral on Wednesday. Martin was shot within the again whereas attending the Outlaw Nitro Problem drag racing occasion on the Perth Motorplex, Kwinana Seaside, on December 12
A prolonged procession of males on bikes accompanied Martin’s coffin to his remaining resting place at Pinnaroo Cemetery in Perth’s north on Wednesday
On the entrance of the procession was 4 motorcyclists adopted by a bike carrying Martin’s coffin, which had Australian $100 notes printed throughout it.
The coffin-carrying motorbike was flying the Rebels membership battle flag – a US Accomplice flag with a cap-wearing cranium and a one per cent patch.
In America the flag flown by southern states within the US Civil Warfare from 1861 to 1865 is considered a lingering image of slavery.
Three black vehicles then adopted earlier than giving option to two rows of bikes and a classic black automobile.
Police vehicles and bikes might be seen in the back of the procession, slowing different visitors all the way down to make room for the motorcade.
The procession started in North Perth at 10am earlier than transferring alongside the coast all the way down to the Pinnaroo Cemetery the place the service was held within the afternoon.
Many males had patches on their jackets to point their allegiances to varied bikie organisations
A classic automobile was seen among the many bikes whereas police vehicles and bikes might be seen within the background guaranteeing the occasion went easily
Police vehicles and bikes might be seen in the back of the procession, slowing different visitors all the way down to make room for the motorcade
As a result of Covid restrictions, the funeral was capped at 500 and no guests from New South Wales have been permitted to attend as a result of Northern Seashores Covid outbreak.
Western Australian Premier Mark McGowan instructed 6PR radio ‘any of those bikies or bikie associates from NSW is not going to be coming – in order that’s a superb factor’.
Whereas police helped with the funeral procession, they earlier vowed to outnumber the bikies on the occasion earlier on Wednesday.
‘You actually haven’t got something to worry, police will outnumber all people within the space,’ Assistant Commissioner Brad Royce instructed reporters.
Officers warned residents to keep away from the realm and mentioned there can be a no-tolerance to any visitors violation from mourning bikies.
Nick Martin (pictured left) was shot within the again whereas attending the Outlaw Nitro Problem drag racing occasion on the Perth Motorplex, Kwinana Seaside, on December 13
Paramedics tried to avoid wasting bikie boss Nick Martin as shocked households watched in horror after the capturing. Pictured: paramedics on the scene on Saturday
The onerous line taken by police comes after heavily-armed officers from the Gang Crime Squad raided a variety of properties linked to outlaw motorbike crews.
Footage of the dramatic operations present officers utilizing a hand-held battering ram to smash by way of a fence earlier than coming into a property.
A number of police and a canine then barge by way of the house to conduct a search.
Officers are additionally seen smashing their method into a big shed and making ready to enter a residential residence with weapons drawn.
Mr Royce mentioned Western Australian Police ‘make no apologies’ for the heavy-handed ways.
Martin’s stepdaughter Stacey Schoppe (pictured collectively, together with her mum, left) was simply centimetres away from the chaos and was nursing a buddy’s younger son when she began to grasp he had been shot
Martin’s step-daughter Stacey Schoppe (pictured) tried to revive him on the scene
‘All gangs, whether or not they’re concerned on this or not are going to be seeing much more consideration from WA police,’ he mentioned.
‘I may also guarantee them if we come, we can be coming with drive and we make no apology for that.
‘If the one per cent wish to come out into our neighborhood and commit acts of violence the place we go together with our households, then we are going to go into their neighborhood.’
The brazen nature of Martin’s execution which additionally injured one other Rebels gang member and a five-year-old boy, who was sitting on his dad or mum’s lap close by, has authorities desperately looking for solutions.
Police have provided a $1million reward for data that results in an arrest.
However whereas police have centered their consideration on native bikies one in every of Australia’s foremost specialists on outlaw motorbike gangs mentioned the brazen assault doesn’t have any of the hallmarks of ‘bikie exercise’.
Amanda Martin’s Fb web page is flooded with images of husband Nick (pictured collectively)
One of many doable shooter places on the Perth Motorplex. A protracted shot would point out a sniper, specialists say
‘If this was a dispute between golf equipment or an inside battle inside a membership, it would not have occurred this fashion,’ Queensland College of Know-how affiliate professor of criminology Mark Lauchs instructed Every day Mail Australia.
‘It will be a way more public confrontation or they’d have ambushed him. It isn’t frequent to kill individuals in different OMGs over what they name – membership enterprise.’
He suspects knowledgeable shooter from one other organised crime outfit carried out the assault with an interstate murderer.
‘Primarily based on different instances in Australia the place somebody has been deliberately killed and never by accident killed in a drive-by – it is normally related to organised crime moderately than OMGs,’ Prof Lauchs mentioned.
‘It will be very uncommon for an OMG to hold out this type of assault.’
Previous to his loss of life, Martin was a well known identification in Perth’s underworld and had survived a collection of assaults.
Police slammed bikies saying they take their violence into public areas placing everybody in danger. Pictured: the scene on Saturday after households and bystanders had fled
Pictured: Perth Motorplex at Kwinana Seaside the place the capturing occurred
He was shot within the arm whereas arriving at his Balcatta residence, in Perth’s northern suburbs, in March 2011.
On the time the Rebels have been locked in a feud with the Rock Machine Gang and its member Benjamin Spikes was convicted over the capturing.
One yr later Martin’s Balcatta residence was the goal of one other assault and his automobile was firebombed.
Martin was additionally allegedly concerned in a brawl with a Hells Angels bikie at The Sandbar, in Scarborough, on November 24.
Safety cameras filmed two males talking with one another and shaking palms earlier than a battle broke out involving employees and patrons on the fashionable beachside bar.
Pub goers might be seen within the footage operating away from the scuffle as furnishings was tossed across the bar throughout the violent battle.
Every day Mail Australia isn’t suggesting the 2 incidents are linked.