An Insta-famous ex-bikie has landed back behind bars after a bizarre attempt to escape police where he ripped his ankle tracker off, dived into a creek and unsuccessfully tried to steal a boat.
But Ben Geppert’s James Bond-style escape was foiled when the former Hells Angels enforcer – who went by the nickname ‘Notorious’ – realised he needed a key to start the motor of the dinghy that was parked in Tallebudgera Creek on the Gold Coast.
Geppert, 31 – who has ‘vendetta’ and a distinctive tear drop inked on his face – then returned to shore and fled on foot, before cops eventually caught up with him during a traffic stop on Reedy Creek Road, Burleigh Waters.
In Southport Magistrates Court last Friday, Geppert claimed it was a ‘brain snap’ that drove him to remove his GPS monitor while at home in Varsity Lakes in the early hours of the morning on January 15.
Geppert was on parole at the time. He pleaded guilty to wilful damage to corrective services property, being unlawfully at large, and attempting unlawful use of a vessel.
Ex-Hells Angels and Finks bikie Ben Geppert (above with his former partner, Allaina Vader Jones, had been ‘doing his best ever’ on parole when he had a ‘brain snap’, tore off his tracking anklet and went on the run
Geppert, known as ‘Notorious’ has split from Allaina (above, right) and from the Hells Angels since the stabbing murder of his younger brother
Geppert was walking along Tallebudgera Creek when police spotted his distinctive tattoos and he dived into the water to escape, then tried to commandeer a dinghy but couldn’t get the outboard motor going
The ex-Hells Angels bikie gang enforcer, who has been back in custody since his re-arrest, will remain behind bars despite receiving an eight month sentence, wholly suspended for a year.
Geppert had been on parole after completing a Queensland Government’s Outlaw Motorcycle Gang (OMCG) Exit program.
The onetime gangster – who became famous with his then heavily tattooed girlfriend Allaina Vader Jones for their exploits a few years back – has tried to turn his life around.
Geppert made headlines over several years for airing his feuds with rival bikies on social media.
Vader and her cousin Rikki Louise Jones were dragged into a fight between Geppert and Jones’ former boyfriend and former Bandidos bikie Brett ‘Kaos’ Pechey, with the taunting images posted on their Instagram accounts.
Ben Geppert and his now ex-partner Allaina Vader (above together) posted their adventures together on Instagram during their relationship which later ended
Ben Geppert (above during a previous arrest) was finally re-arrested while identified during a traffic stop and taken back into custody where he remains
Ben Geppert and another man were filmed scuffling in a KFC carpark. An adjoining McDonalds was seen in the background
In May 2018, Geppert was filmed brawling with another man outside a KFC restaurant in Robina, Queensland.
The clip showed Geppert charging across a car park as a female accomplice screamed, ‘it’s your turn now, idiot!’
The pair scuffled and swore at one another (‘eat a d**k’, one said) until the second man toppled into a white Range Rover.
After the death of his younger brother, 17-year-old Harrison, who was stabbed to death in a Varsity Lakes park on the Gold Coast in September, 2019, and a stint in jail, Geppert vowed to change his ways.
He quit the Hells Angels, reconciled with his family and appeared with his mother Lisa in a video series about bikies and said he regretted his gangster lifestyle.
Geppert said Harrison saw the attention his older brother had got being part of the a gang and wanted his own part in it.
He felt partly to blame for his brother’s death because he exposed him to the gangster lifestyle.
Ben Geppert’s lawyer told the court that his current partner (above the ex-bikie with former girlfriend Ms Vader) had a a seven-month-old daughter and were expecting another baby
‘I was in no state to take him under my wing because I was doing stupid things too, I never reached out and told him to pull up,’ Geppert said.
Geppert’s lawyer told the Southport court that Geppert was doing ‘the best he’d ever done’ but then had ‘a brain snap – he has no idea why’.
Queensland Police said GPS signals confirmed the anklet remained at the home while he was at large on January 15.
Police spotted him on Awoonga Avenue, Burleigh Heads on January 17, but he plunged into Tallebudgera Creek.
The court heard Geppert and his current partner had a seven-month-old daughter and were expecting another baby, and he hoped to be out in time for the birth.
It will be up to Queensland’s parole board when Geppert is deemed suitable for release from prison.
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