Horrific alleged motive behind a daylight execution in Brisbane is revealed – after the victim bled to death outside a popular gym
- Man charged over Comanchero stabbing allegedly wanted to be in a bikie club
- Four men arrested after Levi Johnson, 23, killed outside Brisbane gym Monday
- Police will allege one of the men helped in the attack to prove himself
One of the four men arrested over the fatal stabbing of a Comanchero associate allegedly believed they would be accepted into a bikie club for carrying out the attack.
Levi Maurice Johnson, 23, was stabbed and left to bleed to death outside a Goodlife gym in Mansfield, Brisbane, about 1pm last Monday.
Four members of the 13 Kings gang allegedly cornered him while he was leaving the carpark before fleeing.
One was arrested shortly afterwards before the other three were taken into custody following a weeklong manhunt that involved 200 officers and 60 detectives.
Thomas Friedrich Myler, 35, Stuart Galloway, Luke Thomas Moore, both 34, and Kyle Martin, 24, have all been charged with murder.
Detective Superintendent Andrew Massingham said police will allege one of the men helped carried out the attack so they could patch over to a bikie gang.
Levi Maurice Johnson, 23, was stabbed and left to bleed to death outside a Goodlife gym in Mansfield, Brisbane, about 1pm last Monday
Four member of a the 13 Kings gang allegedly cornered him while he was leaving the carpark before fleeing
‘At this stage there will be some matters put before the court, with respect to motive. I can’t go into that in detail (as) we are in the sub judice period,’ he said.
‘But certainly some thought processes around the commission of this offence may go to inclusion on the mind of at least one of these accused, of getting into a motorcycle group upon the commission of this crime.’
Martin was the last person to be arrested by police after officers surrounded a house on Albion Street at Warwick at 9.45pm on Saturday.
Superintendent Massingham said police will allege Martin stabbed Johnson six times during the attack.
‘It will also be alleged, that even after that time, one member of the four that has already been charged continued to assault the deceased,’ he said.
Police managed to track down Martin after following his girlfriend who went for a short drive to get takeaway from Hungry Jacks.
Kyle Martin, 24 (pictured), was arrested with his 24-year-old girlfriend after police surrounded a property on Albion Street at Warwick at 9:45pm on Saturday
Thomas Friedrich Myler, 35 (pictured), Stuart Galloway and Luke Thomas Moore, both 34, are the other three people who have been arrested over the attack
‘That food was sufficient for two people and was paid in cash,’ Supt Massingham said.
‘It was at that time I was confident we had our wanted person.’
Martin is believed to have made plans to leave the state and head for Western Australia.
He will appear at Ipswich Magistrates Court on Monday while his 24-year-old girlfriend has assisted police with their inquiries.
She has not been charged/accused of any wrongdoing.
Martin’s arrest was a day after Myler was taken into custody following a police raid at a home on Skinner Avenue at Wellington point on Friday.
Brisbane regional crime coordinator Detective Superintendent Andrew Massingham said police would allege he buried guns at another property just before the arrest.
Up to 200 police and 60 detectives had been working around the clock over the last week to find the men allegedly responsible for the attack (pictured, blue tarp at Mansfield carpark on Monday)
‘We were able to get assistance from PolAir and a short time after that a vehicle, a Mazda 323, left this (Wellington Point) address,’ he said.
‘That vehicle has been taken to an address in Chandler, where we believe the wanted person… buried a number of firearms on a property.’
Myler is understood to have had a falling out and split up with Martin following the stabbing.
‘It would appear from some words that were spoken tonight by this man (Myler) that that relationship is somewhat fractured and that’s obviously something we will be looking at in the coming days,’ Superintendent Massingham said.