Boss of the notorious Mongrel Mob bikie gang arrested after being caught wearing a club jumper while shopping
- Eric Ian Waimana Pere, 37, was seen wearing a Mongrel Mob hoodie on June 19
- He was seen with another Mongrel Mob member and he was arrested on July 13
- The alleged gang leader broke his bail conditions by being with another member
- Police found club merchandise during a raid in Sunnybank Hills on July 8
The alleged boss of the notorious Queensland Mongrel Mob bikie gang has been arrested for wearing club merchandise while shopping in Brisbane.
Eric Ian Waimana Pere was seen by police wearing a hoodie reading ‘Mob Mafia’ with the club’s bulldog logo inside Westfield Garden City, at Upper Mt Gravatt, on June 19.
The 37-year-old was spotted with another Mongrel Mob member which was allegedly a breach of bail conditions from an unrelated offence in December.
Pere also allegedly breached bail conditions by living in a property in Springwood.
Eric Ian Waimana Pere (pictured left) was seen wearing a Mongrel Mob hoodie while shopping in Brisbane on June 19
He was arrested on July 13 and appeared in Brisbane Magistrates Court, where he was granted bail.
Courier Mail reported that his defence solicitor Kris Jahnke claimed the alleged club leader was not an ‘unacceptable risk’ of reoffending.
Pere’s arrest comes after police raided a property in Sunnybank Hills on July 8 where they found gang merchandise including hoodies, vests and t-shirts and two books containing the rules of the ‘Mob Mafia’.
They claim Pere had been staying at the residence.
Pere (pictured right) was seen with another Mongrel Mob member and he was arrested on July 13
Pere has the Mongrel Mob bulldog logo tattooed on his neck, with the mob growing in presence among young New Zealanders on the Gold Coast for years
Pere has the Mongrel Mob bulldog tattooed on his neck and suffers from post traumatic stress disorder after serving in the army.
The Mongrel Mob expanded from New Zealand into Queensland in 2016 and has been growing a presence among young New Zealanders on the Gold Coast for years.
The gang was outlawed in Queensland in 2018, has more than 1,000 members and is known for organised crime including drug and weapon trafficking, assault, murder and robbery.
Their main rival is the Black Power gang and there have been several violent clashes between the two groups.