Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Bikie Threatens Witnesses

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Bikie Threatens Witnesses

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Byline: Amber Hooker

A BIKIE with a violent, drug-riddled past was jailed after he repeatedly threatened two sisters who identified him as the driver in a police pursuit.

The "1%" tattoo behind Aaron Ryan's right ear was clear from the Maroochydore District Court dock as he pleaded guilty to attempting to pervert the course of justice via a string of Facebook messages to one sister, and voicemails to the other.

THE "1%" marking is often associated with outlaw gangs, and Ryan's Facebook intro states "Saturdrah MC", an outlaw motorcycle club whose Sydney chapter was shut down in January 2016.

The court yesterday heard police tried to intercept an unlicensed Ryan as he drove the two sisters, aged 28 and 29, following an evening out.

Ryan sped off and let the pair out when they pleaded with him to stop.

He successfully evaded police that evening, but on June8 was arrested and charged with failing to stop, unlicensed driving, failing to give way and a number of registration-plate-related charges.

The next day, Ryan began his 10-day-long onslaught from Mountain Creek, which started with a message to one sister stating he knew the other had "told police".

He wrote, "I am not going to allow some chick to take away my freedom and time with my son just because she wants to open her f---ing mouth".

The court heard he also wrote he wanted to see her by the end of the week, or "We'll come around and talk at your doorstep, so contact me".

When the woman asked him to stop, Ryan said he expected her sister to retract her statement and say she "got the names mixed up" if the matter went to trial.

He told the woman if her sister did not meet him for a "deal", he would show up at her work or house.

The court heard Ryan also left two voicemails for the second sister, and said: "You act like a dog when I am trying to be civil, you need to meet up with me, you've done wrong by me so you need to meet up with me to sort this out. …

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