Bandido pleads guilty to affray behind VLAD laws

AN ACCUSED Ipswich Bandido biker linked to the Gold Coast riot which sparked the Newman government's tough anti-bikie laws has pleaded guilty to public nuisance and affray.

Ryan John Mercer, 29, joined other supposed current and former bikies in the Southport Magistrates Court on Monday over their alleged involvement in the September 2013 brawl.

Nine of the ten men scheduled to face trial reportedly pleaded guilty.

Mercer changed his plea to guilty on April 30.

The violence from the mass brawl, reported to be the culmination of either a turf war or a lover's triangle, continued at the Southport police watchhouse after the arrests of some involved.

Mercer was reportedly charged five months after the Broadbeach clash but released on bail so he could grieve with his partner who lost their baby after his arrest.

CCTV footage indicated Mercer was at the incident, but did not reveal if he was physically involved.

Alleged ringleader Jacques Teamo pleaded guilty to riot.

Mercer, Teamo and several others will be sentenced on May 18

- APN Newsdesk


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