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Sunday, 5 October 2008

Man later identified as a member of the Nomads Motorcycle Club was ejected from court LG4 at Sydney's Downing Centre court complex.

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The trial of the Nomad national president, Scott Allan Orrock, and two other senior Nomads, Hassan "Sam" Ibrahim and Paul James Griffin.
The three were charged after a Nomads member was kneecapped in both legs at their Islington clubhouse in Newcastle in 2004. The District Court trial ended on Friday with all three found not guilty on all charges.But what can be revealed is that on September 22 a man later identified as a member of the Nomads Motorcycle Club was ejected from court LG4 at Sydney's Downing Centre court complex.
He spent at least half an hour sitting in various seats in the public gallery - separated from the rest of the court by glass - staring menacingly at the jury. Two of the jurors complained and Judge Steven Norrish ejected the man.
Two days later a Sydney construction worker, Te Rana Rakete, was allegedly discovered filming the only crown witness in the trial - Dale Campton, a former Nomad who rolled on his clubmates after he was shot in both kneecaps.Mr Rakete was detained by sheriff's officers after a detective from the gang squad in court noticed him filming.In a hearing earlier this week for Mr Rakete, the court was shown the footage he had taken - five seconds of unrelated footage shot from a car and five seconds of Mr Campton as he sat in the witness box
Mr Rakete's legal aid barrister, Richard Jefferis, told the same hearing his client did not deny using the camera, but why he was filming was not yet clear."Mr Rakete does not deny that he was using the camera; he's made that clear," Mr Jefferis said.
"The critical issue was your client was filming a person who perhaps may have changed their appearance slightly since the time they were shot and bashed and are now under [police] protection," Judge Norrish advised Mr Jefferis.While no decision has yet to be made on Mr Rakete, it is possible he will face a charge of contempt of court in the Supreme Court.Mr Rakete is due to face Judge Norrish again on Tuesday.

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