A senior Finks bikie accused of trying to kill a Mongols rival had been shot in mysterious circumstances outside the Fountain Gate Hotel just weeks earlier. Senior Finks member Sione Hokafonu was wounded by gunfire in mysterious circumstances in Melbourne’s outer-eastern suburbs on July 10 last year.
Hokafonu and mates had been watching a State of Origin rugby league decider at the Fountain Gate Hotel on the night he was shot in the leg. He was wounded soon after leaving the venue.
Hokafonu managed to get to Casey Hospital in Berwick but police were called because of the nature of his injuries. Police later said he was not able to help with their inquiries.
Curra was shot three weeks later as he sat in his car in a late-night ambush at Bulleen. Graphic footage released by Victoria Police showed a BMW sweep in front of his stationary car before two gunmen climbed out and immediately open fire.
Investigators believe Curra was set up by being lured to the Burke St shooting scene for a meeting. Hokafonu, of Clyde North, was one of 11 people arrested last Friday in a sweep of Echo taskforce raids by detectives investigating the Curra shooting.
The 26-year-old faced Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday charged with attempted murder and intentionally damaging property. Hokafonu made no application for bail and was remanded in custody until June 26.
Co-accused Ali Hussein, 24, who is charged with attempted murder, intentionally damaging property was remanded to the same date. He is also facing counts of prohibited person possess firearm and possess anabolic steroid.
One of a series of raids earlier this month was carried out at a Finks clubhouse in an industrial complex in Morialta Rd, Cranbourne West. Other warrants were executed at Werribee, Clyde North, Narre Warren, Mickleham, Brunswick west and Meadow Heights.
A 31-year-old man from Meadow Heights has been charged with attempting to pervert the course of justice and being an accessory after the fact to attempted murder.
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Source: The West Australian