A motorcycle gang member accused of attempting to murder a Queenstown man on the Gold Coast has walked free.
Charges against Yassar Bakir, 35, from the notorious Finks bikie gang in Australia were dropped after the complainant – born and bred Queenstowner Pita Wilson – could not be found to give evidence in court, the Gold Coast Bulletin newspaper reports.
Wilson, who was repeatedly shot and left for dead on a secluded road north of Surfers Paradise in June 2006, had alleged he was fired at point-blank by Bakir.
According to the Bulletin, lawyers for the Crown told the Supreme Court in Brisbane it could no longer pursue the case because they couldn’t locate Wilson.
Wilson, 33, had been due to fly from New Zealand to Brisbane to testify at a trial starting on November 17 and the Crown spent more than a week searching for him after he failed to appear.
Random contact via a solicitor in NZ suggested Wilson was worried about testifying and wanted more security, the court was told.
Justice Peter Lyons quashed the attempted murder charges against Bakir on November 27 after he was informed efforts to find Wilson had proved fruitless.
The decision follows a reduction in robbery and deprivation of liberty charges against Bakir relating to events leading up to the shooting.
Wilson’s Queenstown-based parents declined to comment on the case when contacted by Mountain Scene this week.
Wilson, a former first-class rugby representative, was snapped by a Mountain Scene photographer on July 25 when he came on as an impact player for winning team Arrowtown during the Central Otago rugby final against Upper Clutha.
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