But after a day of deliberations, a Supreme Court jury today found Mr Slater
is facing further charges and is still being held in custody and is expected to apply for release on bail in the next few days. His
lawyer, Colin Lovitt QC
, says he
has advised his
client and other members of the Gypsy Jokers bikers club to keep a low profile.
"The last thing they should be doing now is wandering around you know, taking cheap shots or sneering and so on, because that'll be totally counter productive won't it?"he
Meanwhile, WA police have vowed to continue investigating bikie gangs, despite the acquittal of Mr Slater
who was accused of masterminding a car bomb attack.
...The jury rejected the evidence of the main witness in the case, Sidney Reid, a former gang member turned "supergrass" who broke the bikie code of silence by testifying that Mr Slater planned and carried out the bombing in revenge for the fatal shooting of another Gypsy Joker.
...Senior Gypsy Jokers member Graeme "Slim" Slater is on trial in the West Australian Supreme Court charged with the wilful murder of former CIB chief Don Hancock and Mr Hancock's friend Lou Lewis on September 1, 2001.
...In summing up the Crown case today, prosecutor Ken Bates said Slater had a clear motive for the crime in seeking to avenge the shooting death of fellow Gypsy Joker William Grierson.
Mr Bates said Slater
had erected a "private shrine" of photographs of Mr Grierson at his home and was determined to avenge the death of his mate.
When told investigations were continuing, Slater
said: "I'm going to take care of it my way."
Mr Bates said Slater
had admitted in evidence he
had tried to burn down Mr Hancock's home after Mr Grierson's death. But, not satisfied with firebombing his house and pub, and forcing Mr Hancock and his family to flee to Perth, Slater was determined to "make the ultimate statement" about the former detective by killing him, Mr Bates said.
...Gypsy Joker motorcycle gang member Graeme Slater is on trial for the murders of retired CIB chief Don Hancock and his friend Lou Lewis, who were blown up as they arrived home from a day at the races in 2001.
...Slater's defence counsel, Colin Lovitt, QC, summing up today before a West Australian Supreme Court jury, said there were "odd aspects" about a search of Slater's Perth home by police three months after the bombing.
The prosecution has alleged that Slater
used a mobile phone to remotely detonate the car bomb that killed Mr Hancock and Mr Lewis.
is accused, with Reid, of having killed Mr Hancock in revenge for the fatal shooting of another Gypsy Joker and close friend, Billy Grierson.
...The prosecution has alleged that, after a series of bombings of Mr Hancock's property during an 11-month period, Slater decided to target the retired detective.
...Graeme "Slim" Slater, a founding member of the Kalgoorlie chapter of the Gypsy Joker motorcycle gang, is being tried for the wilful murder of Mr Hancock and his friend Lou Lewis.
...In the West Australian Supreme Court today, prosecutor Ken Bates revealed that a letter from Slater to a proposed witness was found during a drug raid in Geraldton last week.
is accused of arming the bomb and then remotely detonating it by mobile phone as Mr Hancock and Mr Lewis returned from a day at the races on September 1, 2001.
...Mr Slater, of Lesmurdie, is on trial for the wilful murders of Mr Hancock and Mr Lewis on September 1, 2001.
Sgt Kenneth Sanderson told the jury there had been no forensic evidence tying Mr Slater
to the scene of the bombing, despite at least 100 bags of debris being collected and examined.
But there had been no fingerprint or DNA evidence linking Mr Slater
to the scene.
In return, Reid had promised to give evidence against Mr Slater
and anyone else charged over the bombing.
...Supt Caporn said that during the investigation police believed Reid, Mr Slater, gang founder Les Hoddy and associate Gary White might have been involved in the bombing.
is alleged to have remotely detonated the bomb by mobile phone as revenge for the shooting death of bikie Billy Grierson at Ora Banda in 2000.
Reid struck the bargain in exchange for fingering Slater
for the car-bomb murders of former CIB boss Don Hancock and his friend Lou Lewis on September 1, 2001.
has pleaded not guilty to two charges of wilful murder. Slater's
defence lawyer, Colin Lovitt
QC, said Reid - who has pleaded guilty to his
part in killing Hancock and Lewis - would have served a minimum 25 years without parole had he
not done a deal. But in exchange for giving evidence against Slater, West Australian Director of Public Prosecutions Robert Cock QC made a deal with Reid where Reid would have to serve only 15 years in a maximum-security jail in another state.
Mr Lovitt argues that Reid killed Hancock and Lewis, and that Slater
was not in Perth when the bomb went off.
ACCUSED bikie car bomb murderer Graeme Slater
has pleaded his innocence to the widow of racing identity Lou Lewis.
As Mrs Lewis left the court room yesterday, Mr Slater
turned to her and said: "I didn't do it, Mrs Lewis.
...Mr Slater, of Lesmurdie, is on trial for the wilful murder of Mr Lewis and former CIB chief Don Hancock.
...The crown alleges Mr Slater, the former president of the Gypsy Jokers bikie gang's Kalgoorlie chapter, and bikie supergrass Sid Reid carried out the bombing.
is alleged to have detonated the bomb, which was hidden under the passenger seat of Mr Lewis' car, by mobile phone.
, 36, has pleaded not guilty to two counts of wilful murder.
The prosecution has alleged that Mr Slater
used a mobile phone to detonate an ammonium nitrate bomb, which fellow bikie Sidney Reid had put in Mr Lewis' car.