Gangs linked to gun, fraud case

A NEWCASTLE man charged with gun and fraud offences was allegedly seen visiting the western Sydney home of a bikie associate who was under surveillance by the state’s gangs squad, court documents revealed yesterday.

In July, Michael Lockyer, 36, was allegedly recorded attending the home of a man who police say is an associate of the Bandidos, Hells Angels and Rebels bikie gangs.

The house was under surveillance by strike force detectives investigating the manufacture and supply of drugs by bikie gangs in western Sydney, a police spokeswoman said.

Mr Lockyer, of Willai Way, Maryland, allegedly drove on July 21 to the home in a HSV GTS Commodore with number plates ‘‘TLK2ME’’ while his licence was disqualified, a police statement tendered to Newcastle Local Court stated.

He is accused of attending the home again on July 31 in the same car, allegedly driven by Newcastle jockey and two-time group 1 winner Darryl ‘‘Digger’’ McLellan, the statement said.

Police attempted to stop the car on the F3 Freeway near Warnervale at 6.30 that night, but the car sped off and reached speeds of up to 220km/h before it exited the freeway onto the Doyalson Link Road where it drove over a median strip onto the wrong side of the road, the statement said.

Witnesses saw flames coming from the wheels before the car was later found deserted, and destroyed by fire, in Bushells Ridge Road.

Police found two loaded guns – a revolver and a semi-automatic pistol – between the front seats of the car, the statement said.

Mr Lockyer’s mother, who was the registered owner of the Commodore, reported the car stolen and later lodged an insurance claim. Mr Lockyer allegedly lodged a claim for jewellery worth $44,000 that he said was destroyed in the fire.

Gangs squad detectives arrested Mr Lockyer on Thursday and charged him with driving while disqualified, possessing unregistered guns, fraud and possessing steroids.

He did not enter pleas yesterday and was refused bail.

The case was adjourned to next month.