POLICE are worried Gypsy Joker Motorcycle Club members may try to silence witnesses to a pub fight in Myrtleford last month.
Club prospect, Steven Evans, 42, of Ovens, was arrested and charged with recklessly causing serious injury over an alleged incident at the Buffalo Hotel on March 24 that left a man with a broken eye socket.
He was released on bail yesterday, despite formal opposition from police, who told the Wangaratta Magistrates’ Court they feared his association with the outlaw motorcycle gang would be a danger to witnesses.
Leading Senior Constable David Jenkin, of Myrtleford police, said Evans was at the pub with seven Gypsy Joker members at about 6.30pm when he got into an argument with a man who was involved with his friend’s girlfriend.
“Without warning, the accused punched the victim in the face,” Ld Sen Const Jenkin said.
The victim lost consciousness when he fell and hit his head after Evans’ second punch and was taken to Wangaratta District Base Hospital before being moved to the Geelong Hospital for surgery.