In Up Late, Ben Harvey has revealed how former Hells Angel Dayne Brajkovich single-handedly triggered WA’s crackdown on bikies.
Brajkovich was in court on Wednesday for a hearing over whether he breached insignia laws that ban bikies from displaying gang tatts and colours.
Coming into effect in December last year, the Criminal Law (Unlawful Consorting and Prohibited Insignia) Bill 2021, prevents bikies from flaunting club colours, patches or tattoos – something Brajkovich has plenty of.
But crucially, he had one covered by a band-aid during Wednesday’s hearing.
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“Before he blacked out his tatoos, Dayne had the Hells Angels acronym on his face, ‘Sgt-at-arms’ on his head and ‘1 per cent’ on his neck,” Harvey said.
“Dayne has inked over the Hells Angel tatts, that club threw him out a while back, with one that says ‘f*** the police’. He had ‘f*** the’ covered up by a band-aid for today’s hearing,” Harvey said.
According to Harvey, Brajkovich was showing a bit of respect for the court, which was a far cry from an earlier appearance.
“If only he’d done that 18 months ago,” Harvey said.
“Brajkovich’s contempt for the court after he was charged over that fight with Nick Martin is the reason the WA Government launched its crackdown on bikies last year.
“When Dayne strolled into Perth Magistrates Court with his tatts out, his sunnies on and clearly giving zero f***s about what anyone thought, a lot of people were pissed off with the bare-faced arrogance of it all.
“I mean, even Troy Mercanti puts a collar on when he goes before a judge.
“But Dayne strutted into court like a rooster.
“And that really pissed off this guy – Attorney-General John Quigley was channel surfing that night when he stumbled upon the news.
“WA’s number one law officer was so appalled at the disrespect Brajkovich showed the justice system he decided enough was enough.
“Quigley rang the cops and said ‘what do you need to stop this kind of spectacle?’
“And 10 months after that phone call the Criminal Law (Unlawful Consorting and Prohibited Insignia) Bill 2021 was introduced into State Parliament.”