Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

SEX, DEATH AND EXTORTION O'Sullivan Lucky to Escape Time in Prison; Gympie-Based Bikie Church Had Access to Dead Man's Sex Tape

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

SEX, DEATH AND EXTORTION O'Sullivan Lucky to Escape Time in Prison; Gympie-Based Bikie Church Had Access to Dead Man's Sex Tape

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Byline: Jessica Lamb

A CHURCH biker who used a sex tape to extort a now-dead club member and his widow, has been sentenced for behaviour described by a judge as "about as unChristian as possible".

Patrick O'Sullivan, the road captain of the Gympie charter of the Tribe of Judah Motorcycle Ministries (TOJMM), pleaded guilty in Hervey Bay District Court to two counts of extortion.

The court heard another member of the club, which has ties to a Gympie church, was in possession of an incriminating video and images showing the victim engaging in sex acts with two females.

O'Sullivan, together with a third man was brought in on a plan to demand the victim hand over his $15,000 Harley Davidson motorbike for which they promised to crush the USB containing the incriminating footage.

The 54-year-old man was said to have initially expressed reservations in text messages to his co-accused before caving and organising a meeting between them and the victim on April 6.

There, after demanding back TOJMM property, the three men left the victim to think over whether he would surrender the bike, which his wife was part owner of, with transfer registration paperwork.

That afternoon the victim told his wife what had been going on.

She told him the marriage was over and left to try and convince the accused men not to take the motorcycle.

"Text messages indicate they were all aware (she) was a part owner and she did not want it taken," Crown prosecutor Gavin Webber said.

Numerous times that day, the victim told family members the three defendants should be investigated, in the case of his death, for blackmail and they would not be getting his motorcycle.

By 8pm, the victim followed through with his suicide threats and was found dead on his property.

The court heard that over the course of the next few days, two of the men tried to contact the victim's wife.

After learning the victim was dead, O'Sullivan attempted to blackmail the victim's grieving widow through text under the alleged instruction of another defendant. …

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