Bikie kingpin who was shot in the head in the Milperra massacre is fighting for life after motorcycle crash
Jock Ross (pictured in April) founded the Comanchero gang in 1966
Comanchero bikie gang founder Jock Ross is fighting for life after a motorcycle crash.
The 76-year-old came off his bike after a colliding with a Toyota LandCruiser in Lower Macdonald, north of Sydney at 3.30pm on Wednesday.
He was flown to Westmead Hospital in critical condition with leg and internal injuries but has now stabilised, reported the Daily Telegraph.
The female driver of the Toyota, 24, has been charged with driving occasioning grievous bodily harm, negligent driving occasioning bodily harm and other offences.
Ross was the gruff Glasgow-born former soldier who founded the club on the New South Wales Central Coast with four other motorcycle enthusiasts on April 15, 1966.
Ross, the Comanchero’s self-styled ‘supreme commander’, led the gang into the 1984 Milperra Massacre, in which four of his men as well as two Bandidos and a 14-year-old girl died.
Ross took a gunshot to the head which gave him vision loss and a brain injury – but he survived.
He was jailed for murder in 1987 over his role instigating the massacre. He was released in 1992 after serving just five years.
Following the Milperra Massacre, Ross had maintained nominal control of the Comanchero for almost 20 years until a new breed of bikie arrived.
Rapid recruitment of Middle Eastern members in the late 1990s, along with an increasing involvement in the drug trade were splitting the gang. The young had no respect for the old.
Bikies at the scene of the Milperra Massacre outside the Viking Tavern on Father’s Day 1984
William George ‘Jock’ Ross (pictured) founded the Comanchero in New South Wales in 1966
Comanchero bikie gang founder Jock Ross (pictured) is fighting for life after a motorcycle crash
Ross was spending much of his time in retirement on the Central Coast near Mangrove Mountain when a group of the new brigade, including Hawi, drove up to visit about 2002.
According to former detective Duncan McNab’s book Outlaw Bikers in Australia, the visitors were concerned about the gang’s leadership and told Ross they wanted to chat.
The new members of the Comanchero, young and fearless, respected only money and power and had no time for how the old guard – including their club’s founding father – wanted things run.
‘Ross was unsuspecting and outnumbered and the discussion was quick and violent,’ McNab wrote. ‘The Comancheros, led my Mick Hawi, delivered a comprehensive beating to the much older leader.
‘They left him battered and took both his club colours and his Harley-Davidson. It was the outlaw equivalent of spitting in Jock’s face.’
Ross was about 60. Hawi was barely 21. Within a year Hawi was national president and Ross’s leadership was done.
The Comanchero outlaw motorcycle gang was founded on principles of loyalty and respect
Comanchero Ten Commandments
1. The President is the Supreme Commander of the Comanchero.
2. Any member found guilty of cowardice will be thrown out of the Club.
3. Any member found guilty of stealing from a member of the Club itself will be thrown out of the Club.
4. Any member found guilty of screwing another member’s Real Ol’ Lady or taking advantage of a rift between them for future ‘conning up’ will be thrown out.
5. Any member found guilty of breeding dissension in the Club (ie Running down the President of the Club or Club policies in any way, shape of form – or bad s*** rumours) will be thrown out.
6. Any member found guilty of selling, distributing or using hard drugs will be thrown out.
7. Any member found guilty of using their superior ability to ‘con’ another member or nominated member out of their bikes, money or valuables will be severely dealt with.
8. Any member found guilty of not helping another member who is in genuine trouble, not bulls*** trouble, will be severely dealt with.
9. Any member found guilty of divulging Club business to anyone not a member, unless directed by the President, will be severely dealt with.
10. Any member found guilty of wearing his Colours on or around anything other than a British or American motorcycle of 500cc or more will be severely dealt with.