Alleged bikie bashers bail application 

TWO men accused of taking part in the brutal tit-for-tat bikie-bashing of former Gladiators member Peter Bell will apply for bail next week after their lawyer was granted access to Mr Bell’s medical records, Newcastle Local Court heard yesterday.

Mr Bell suffered a fractured skull and two broken legs after he was bashed by a group of men armed with steel baseball bats after 9.30pm on November 15, police said.

He was driving a car along Chisholm Road, East Maitland, when it was rammed by a Ford Falcon before the men got out of their cars and set upon Mr Bell, police said.

Mr Bell, a former member of the gang’s Maitland chapter, underwent surgery for his injuries in John Hunter Hospital.

Police said Mr Bell was a supporter of another former member and sergeant-at-arms, Grant David Welsh, who is accused of shooting the chapter’s president Frank Van Der Kroft in July.

Simon David Hum, 45, whose address was given as Portland Street, Horseshoe Bend – the same street as the chapter’s compound – was arrested on Friday night along with Luke Gregory Stevens, 28, of Belstone Avenue, Belmont.

They were charged with inflicting grievous bodily harm with intent, and assault occasioning actual bodily harm in company.

Neither man entered pleas yesterday.

Their solicitor, Iain Bruce, said both men intended to apply for bail next week.

Police allege the bashing is part of a feud among current and former members of the chapter that led to Mr Van Der Kroft being shot while riding his motorcycle through North Rothbury on July 22.

Mr Welsh, 35, of Ashtonfield, was charged with carrying out the shooting with Andrew Craig Pickering, 40, the gang’s former Gunnedah chapter president.

Their cases will return to court later this month.

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