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President of the Kalgoorlie Chapter
Joker Bikie Gang Member
Joker Motorcycle Gang Member
West Australian Director
Public Prosecutions Robert Cock QC
Senior Member of the Gang's Kalgoorlie Chapter
Sunday Times: Alleged car bomber 'dumbfounded' by murder allegations [ 07oct03 ]
Graeme "Slim" Slater has denied the double slaying of Mr Hancock and his friend Lou Lewis, who both died when Mr Lewis' car was obliterated by an ammonium nitrate bomb remotely detonated by a mobile phone. Slater, a founding member of the Kalgoorlie chapter of the Gypsy Jokers, yesterday told Western Australia's Supreme Court he was nowhere near the scene of the bombing on September 1, 2001. And he said initial relief at the news that Reid had confessed to the killings turned to devastation when he read allegations he was also involved. "When I first saw Sid's statement, I could not believe what I was reading.I was dumbfounded, visibly upset - shattered, actually," Slater told the court. Slater told the court he had been on a 24-hour drinking binge at the Jokers' clubhouse, in the Perth suburb of Maddington, on the day and night before the bombing. The father-of-three said he was asleep at home for most of that day, before driving to his mother's house in Northam, 100km east of Perth, in preparation for a Father's Day celebration the next day. The first he heard of the car bomb was the following morning, when he visited a friend's house. "He looked pretty pleased with himself - he had a big stupid grin on his face, because he had no teeth," Slater said.
Sunday Times: Jury sees fatal car bomb video [ 04sep03 ]
The man accused of detonating the bomb, Gypsy Joker bikie gang member Graeme Slater, watched intently and took notes as the jury at the West Australian Supreme Court saw Mr Lewis's car explode in a fireball. It is alleged Slater remotely detonated the bomb with a mobile phone on September 1, 2001, as the final act in a series of revenge attacks against Mr Hancock. Slater, the president of the Kalgoorlie chapter of the Gypsy Jokers, believed Mr Hancock had shot to death his friend and fellow bikie Billy Grierson with a high-powered rifle at a campsite in the Goldfields town of Ora Banda. The court heard earlier that Slater warned police he was going to dispense his own brand of justice.
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But after a day of deliberations, a Supreme Court jury today found Mr Slater not guilty. 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 said. 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. Slater 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. Slater 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. Mr Slater 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.Slater 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. Mr Slater is alleged to have detonated the bomb, which was hidden under the passenger seat of Mr Lewis' car, by mobile phone. Mr Slater, 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.
The Courier-Mail: Alleged bikie bombs 'pure revenge' [30jun04]
A jury at Perth District Court was today told that Graeme Slater, a senior member of the gang's Kalgoorlie chapter, masterminded the first attack that seriously damaged the historic inn at Ora Banda, in WA's Goldfields, two weeks after the shooting. Two weeks later, Slater and fellow bikie Sidney "Snot" Reid, tried and failed to firebomb the Hancock residence in the town. The answer lies in the belief in Slater and Reid that it was Donald Hancock who killed fellow gang member and good friend Billy Grierson." Reid admitted his part in the assassination, while Slater was acquitted at a trial last year. On Monday, Slater pleaded guilty to a charge of attempted arson in relation to the failed firebombing of Mr Hancock's home.He denies four charges of wilfully causing an explosion likely to cause serious injury to property.
Sunday Times: Bikie 'supergrass' testifies [ 11sep03 ]
Sidney Reid, 40, began giving evidence at the trial of senior bikie Graeme Slater, who has been charged with the wilful murder of Mr Hancock and his friend, Lou Lewis, in an explosion on a suburban Perth street in September 2001. Reid has already admitted to his part in the bombing, and - in a rollover that police say is unprecedented - has agreed to testify against Slater, president of the Gypsy Joker's Kalgoorlie chapter. The former truck driver said Slater told the gang shortly after Grierson's death that police believed Hancock had been the shooter. According to Reid, Slater claimed police had said that swabs taken from Hancock after the shooting revealed citrus residue all over his body.Slater is alleged to have been planned Mr Hancock's assassination, after conducting a bombing campaign against the former chief of detectives with Reid. After Hancock's home, pub, and property were destroyed, Slater is said to have decided to kill him. He is accused of remotely detonating the bomb with a mobile phone as Mr Lewis's car pulled up towards Mr Hancock's house in Lathlain. Earlier, the court had been told that Reid's agreement to cooperate with police had made him a marked man for the rest for his life.