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Surf gangsters slammed as ‘wannabe outlaws’ by Bra Boys

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Insiders of the notorious surf gang the Bra Boys have slammed a new generation of thugs who are claiming affiliation to the group.

Key members such as John Gannon have labelled the young men – many of which sport the Maroubra-based gang’s infamous ‘My Brother’s Keeper’ tattoo – as no more than ‘wannabe outlaws’.

It comes after a man bearing the inked slogan and his teenage brother were arrested over the murder of a homeless man near the Sydney beach last month.

Members of the notorious surf gang the Bra Boys (pictured L-R are Macario De Souza, Koby Abberton and Sunny Abberton) have slammed a new generation of alleged ice-fuelled thugs who are claiming affiliation to their group

The men involved were Ray Travers, 20 and his brother Jackson, 18, who were charged on July 27 for the murder of Peter Hofmann, 68.

Mr Hofmann had been living in a Ford Laser after a series of failed investments, and was found dead in the car with multiple stab wounds on June 21.

Ray, the older brother, had alluded to himself as a Bra Boy and bared the group’s infamous ‘My Brother’s Keeper’ tattoo across his stomach. 

However, core members of the surf gang have slammed his alleged connection to the group and said they fear he was part of a rising trend of young, drug-fuelled men claiming links.  

It comes after Ray Travers, 20, and his brother Jackson, 18, were charged on July 27 for the murder of Peter Hofmann, 68

It comes after Ray Travers, 20, and his brother Jackson, 18, were charged on July 27 for the murder of Peter Hofmann, 68

Ray (right) has alluded to himself as a Bra Boy and bares the group's infamous 'My Brother's Keeper' tattoo across his stomach

Ray (right) has alluded to himself as a Bra Boy and bares the group’s infamous ‘My Brother’s Keeper’ tattoo across his stomach

The brothers were charged with the murder of Peter Hofmann (pictured) who had been living in a Ford Laser after a series of failed investments, and was found dead in the car on June 21

The brothers were charged with the murder of Peter Hofmann (pictured) who had been living in a Ford Laser after a series of failed investments, and was found dead in the car on June 21

‘This is gutless, shocking stuff, it’s not what we’re about,’ John Gannon, now a personal trainer, told The Daily Telegraph.

‘We are wary of these guys coming through who are getting the tattoos and using the name.’ 

Mr Gannon said young men today had easy access to hard drugs such as ice and as such were much more violent than they had been in their day.  

‘We want to move away from the thuggery stuff. It’s really not what we want to be about,’ Mr Gannon said.

However, core members of the surf gang such as John Gannon (pictured) have slammed his alleged connection to the group, claiming they are 'wary of these guys coming through who are getting the tattoos and using the name'

However, core members of the surf gang such as John Gannon (pictured) have slammed his alleged connection to the group, claiming they are ‘wary of these guys coming through who are getting the tattoos and using the name’

Koby Abberton (left) who helped found the group was among those members who denied they had links to the death of Peter Hoffman

Koby Abberton (left) who helped found the group was among those members who denied they had links to the death of Peter Hoffman

An associate of Ray Travers had also described the young men as  ‘wannabes’ and not members of the beachside tribe, according to The Sydney Morning Herald. 

Bra Boys founder Koby Abberton was among those members who denied any link between the group and the death of Mr Hofmann.

The Bra Boys were founded in the Sydney’s coastal suburb of Maroubra in the 1990s, and gained notoriety due to their alleged links to violence and crime.

They were thrown into the national spotlight following a 2007 documentary on the group including the Abberton brothers, narrated by Russell Crowe. 

The Bra Boys (members pictured at a film premiere in 2011) were founded in the Sydney's coastal suburb of Maroubra in the 1990s, and gained notoriety due to their alleged links to violence and crime

The Bra Boys (members pictured at a film premiere in 2011) were founded in the Sydney’s coastal suburb of Maroubra in the 1990s, and gained notoriety due to their alleged links to violence and crime

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