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Finks bikie two-year-jail sentence

March 8, 2011
The Finks are one of WA's most notorious motorcycle gang.The Finks are one of WA’s most notorious motorcycle gang.

A Finks bikie has been given a two-year jail sentence for failing to answer questions before WA’s corruption watchdog.

Stephen John Wallace, 47, was the last of five Finks members to be given a two-year prison sentence on contempt charges in Perth’s Supreme Court today.

Wallace, Tristan Allbeury, Stephen Silvestro, Troy Smith and Clovis Chikonga were summonsed to answer questions before the Corruption and Crime Commission about a violent brawl with rival bikies, the Coffin Cheaters, at a Perth speedway.

But they refused to co-operate with the commission over the brawl in October 2010, which left Silvestro and Smith with injuries.

Chief Justice Wayne Martin, who convicted the five, noted that Wallace had on 18 different occasions given the answer ”no comment” when appearing before the CCC.

As a consequence, the CCC’s investigation had been impeded, he said.

Wallace was given a two-year jail term, backdated to his arrest on December 13, 2010, with no eligibility for parole.

Chief Justice Martin said that at any time Wallace could apply to give evidence before the CCC and get out of the sentence early, but he thought it ”extremely unlikely” he would do that.

AAP 

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