The former soldier who allegedly assassinated a bikie boss in front of his wife and child with a sniper from 300m away now faces more charges.
Rebels boss Nick Martin was shot dead at a drag racing event in Perth in December, and police since arrested a 34-year-old member of ‘the world’s most fearless charity’ for his murder.
The expert marksman is part of Shadows of Hope, which works in war zones around the world both in combat and delivering aid and medicine for both sides.
The man who allegedly assassinated a bikie boss infront of his wife and child with a sniper from 300m away has been hit with fresh new charges. He is pictured in camouflage gear
Rebels boss Nick Martin (pictured with his wife) was fatally shot at a drag racing event in Perth in December, 2019 and police since arrested a 34-year-old in relation to the alleged murder
He is now facing five more charges: Failure to provide storage facilities for firearms or ammunition, drug possession, possessing a silencer, driving a vehicle with false plates, and contravening a learner’s permit.
He was brought before a Perth court in secret last week, where the charges were quietly laid and he was shuffled back to jail, the West Australian reported.
The 34-year-old will face court later this week after ongoing inquiries from police in relation to the alleged murder.
Martin, 51, was shot in the back at a packed drag racing event at the Perth Motorplex, Kwinana Beach at 8.30pm on Saturday, December 12.
He died at the scene in front of hundreds of horrified families and children including his own wife and step-daughter.
After being hit, Martin told his wife Amanda ‘babe, I’ve been shot’, as she tried to give him CPR while he died in her arms.
Another man, convicted drug dealer Ricky Chapman, was injured in the shooting at the Kwinana Raceway, south of Perth.
Police said the same bullet that killed Martin passed through his body and hit Chapman – with a bullet fragment recovered from his arm.
Martin died at the scene in front of hundreds of horrified families and children including his own wife and step-daughter
The alleged killer (pictured in the field), who describes himself as a ‘daredevil’, was backing living in Australia after being unable to return to Iraq to battle the remnants of ISIS due to the coronavirus pandemic
Rebels bikies escort the coffin of their former leader to his funeral
The alleged killer, who describes himself as a ‘daredevil’, was living in Australia after being unable to return to Iraq to battle the remnants of ISIS due to the coronavirus pandemic. He was working as a BASE jumping instructor in Perth.
Police posted a $1million reward for information leading to an arrest which led them to shut down a quiet suburban street in Waikiki, in Perth’s south, and storm the man’s red-brick home before hauling him away.
Shadows of Hope profiled the suspect last year, paying tribute to the soldier for his service in Iraq, describing him as its ‘resident thrill-seeker and heartbreaker’.
‘He was a natural fit for this role, and his tireless work, courage, and unique humor have given so much to those we serve,’ it wrote.
Robert Hoey (pictured), Shadows of Hope’s founder, said his organisation was shaken up and he was still trying to find out what happened before he could say much
Mr Hoey (pictured) describes the organisation as ‘the world’s most dangerous and fearless charity’ that helps people in conflict areas without government red tape
Robert Hoey, the group’s founder, said the star recruit was on leave at the time Martin was assassinated, but the group would not ‘abandon’ him.
‘We have no knowledge of the alleged crime, and offer no support or judgment of these alleged crimes,’ he told Daily Mail Australia.
‘He is one of us, and we do not abandon our members when it becomes inconvenient or dangerous. He will forever remain a brother to us no matter what happens.
Mr Hoey said the arrested fighter served in the Australian SAS and later in SoH ‘in a way very few will understand’.
‘From working in threadbare medical clinics in Kurdistan under the constant threat of the Islamic State to anti poaching operations in sweltering Burmese jungles, he has done things for humanity that would crush most people,’ he said.
‘He has suffered and bled for those who were most vulnerable and abandoned by all others.’
Mr Hoey describes the organisation as ‘the world’s most fearless charity’ that helps people in conflict areas without government red tape.
The daredevil sportsman and accused murderer is a lifelong passion and on March 31, 2017, he jumped off a 70-storey skyscraper in Hong Kong with former Bachelor Locky Gilbert (left)
He and the reality TV star are close friends and were travelling for months before the stunt, which saw them and fellow Perth adventurer Wes Burrows arrested. They are pictured with police after their arrest
Starting by treating wounded on both sides of the war against ISIS, it has since worked in Burma, China, Iraq, Syria, Congo, Philippines, and Papua New Guinea.
Away from the front lines, their tactics include paying river pirates to smuggle medicine, investigating massacre sites, and rescuing child sex slaves.
The daredevil sportsman and accused murderer is a lifelong passion and on March 31, 2017, he jumped off a 70-storey skyscraper in Hong Kong with former Bachelor Locky Gilbert.
He and the reality TV star are close friends and were travelling for months before the stunt, which saw them and fellow Perth adventurer Wes Burrows arrested.
It is not suggested that Gilbert or Burrows were in any way involved in the shooting of Martin.