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Bikie ‘ambushed’ in daylight shooting: court

Two members of the Rebels’ bike gang allegedly staged an ‘ambush’ of a rival gang member in a Queensland shopping center before he was shot in the leg, a jury has said.

Joshua John Lucey and Lucas James Pain pleaded not guilty to the Brisbane District Court on Monday for the shooting, which took place at the Logan Hyperdome Shopping Center south of Brisbane in February 2016.

Both men are facing a single charge of wrongfully beating a person with a projectile.

Crown Prosecutor Greg Cummings said all the men allegedly involved in the February 4, 2016 incident were members of criminal motorcycle groups.

Mr. Lucey and Mr. Pain were members of the Logan branch of the rebel outlaw motorcycle group, of which Mr. Lucey served as chairman at the time.

Mr Cummings said the victim Harley Cranston was a member of the Beenleigh division of the Bandidos bicycle group at the time.

Mr Lucey and Mr Pain met Mr Cranston at the mall earlier that day but left after a “heated discussion”.

Mr Cummings said Mr Lucey allegedly coordinated eight other members or associates of the rebels to wait all afternoon in restaurants around the mall looking for Mr Cranston.

“What were the configurations of these people? Is it an accident or coincidence? Is the timing too tight to draw any other conclusion? said Mr Cummings.

Mr Cummings said the prosecution’s case was an “ambush” related to the altercation that took place earlier that day.

A chase through the center culminated in nearby streets, with Mr Cranston fleeing to a JB Hi-Fi store outside the center.

The jury was told that he took a machete from his car and ran back to his alleged pursuers.

Mr Cummings said it was the Crown’s business that Mr Pain drove up to Mr Cranston and shot him in the leg with a pistol just before 5pm.

The jury was told that Mr Lucey was a party to the illegal strike because he allegedly detained the group of men after Mr Cranston.

Mr Cummings said the prosecution would allege that Mr Pain intended to “take out” Mr Cranston when he released the gun, and that Mr Lucey “knew about the gun from the start”.

Lucey’s attorney urged the jury to be open to the evidence against his client, including whether an ambush was “the only rational inference” that could be drawn.

The court was told Cranston was armed with a small knife before picking up the machete.

Mr. Pain’s attorney said self-defense would be a critical issue in the case against his client due to Mr. Cranston’s use of a weapon.

The trial, before Judge Tony Moynihan, continues.

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