Man linked to motorcycle gang appears in court over bar raid

A MAN with links to an outlaw motorcycle gang has appeared in court on allegations he was involved in a raid at a Ballarat nightclub on Saturday. 

Graham Hudgson, 34, of Wendouree, appeared in Ballarat Magistrates Court on Tuesday facing 13 charges, including five counts of unlawful assault and two of possessing a prohibited weapon without explanation or approval. 

He was also charged with one count each of aggravated burglary, robbery, affray, intentionally causing injury, recklessly causing injury and possessing methamphetamine. 

Detective Senior Constable Cam Taylor said Hudgson was part of a group of 15 men who had links to the outlawed Finks Motorcycle Club who allegedly assaulted staff and patrons at Haida Bar in Camp Street on Saturday morning. 

Police allege $500 was also stolen during the incident. 

Detective Senior Constable Taylor said the June 7 incident was committed as retribution by the outlaw club, following another incident where members were asked to leave Haida Bar on May 17.

Defence lawyer James Westmore said his client would comply with any conditions if he was granted bail. 

“He has strong ties to the jurisdiction, good family support and has stable accommodation,” Mr Westmore said.

“He will comply with any conditions available.” 

Magistrate Gerard Lethbridge would consider imposing personal safety intervention orders for prosecution witnesses if Hudgson was bailed. 

Two other men, Chad Salvemini, 35, of Wendouree and Anthony Martelli, 38 of Smythes Creek, also appeared briefly in court on Tuesday. 

The three cases were adjourned to be heard in Ballarat Magistrates Court on Wednesday.

The appearance of the three men led to extra police and security presence, with six armed police sitting in court. All children were also asked to be removed from the court room during proceedings.

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