The man who allegedly stabbed Canberra Comanchero president Pitasoni Ulavalu in the neck has been hit with a fresh charge stemming from the nightclub melee that left the top bikie dead.
Frederick Elijah Mercy Tuifua, 26, faced the ACT Magistrates Court on Tuesday where he was charged with intentionally inflicting grievous bodily harm on another Comanchero bikie who was at Kokomo’s nightclub in Canberra on July 19.
Tuifua, who remains behind bars on remand, did not enter a plea to the fresh charge but has previously pleaded not guilty to murdering Ulavalu.
The alleged stabbing victim was left with a deep wound to his thigh.
Police are expected to allege Tuifua stabbed him with the same knife he allegedly used to attack Ulavalu.
Ulavalu ultimately succumbed to his injuries on the footpath outside the packed nightclub, and police allege Tuifua — along with co-accused Maximilian Budack, Osaiasi Kupu, Matthew Kupu and two other men — fled towards a nearby park, where investigators later found a knife.
Budack, the Kupu brothers and the two other men are charged only with the relatively minor charge of affray, with prosecutors alleging their involvement in the scuffle with two Comanchero members would have left bystanders in fear for their safety.
Budack, who also remains behind bars on remand, was later shot three times in a suspected reprisal attack.
Also on Tuesday, Tuifua, and Budack were charged with an unrelated affray dating from early November 2020, when both were in custody.
It is alleged Budack and Tuifua engaged in violent conduct towards a man named Trent Jordan that left others in fear for their safety.
All five men return to court in February.
Source: The Daily Telegraph