HE was the former Gladiators enforcer and is current vice-president of the Maitland chapter who lives only 20 metres from the gang’s clubhouse at Horseshoe Bend.
But if Simon ‘‘Head’’ Hum wants to keep his liberty, as he fights accusations he ordered and carried out the vicious bashing of a former member, he is going to have to cut all ties with the club.
Mr Hum, the former sergeant-at-arms of the Maitland chapter, was granted strict conditional bail in Newcastle Local Court yesterday after a magistrate said the prosecution case did not appear to be ‘‘overly strong’’ against the 45-year-old and that he faced a lengthy delay until trial.
The tough bail conditions include Mr Hum not contacting any member of the Gladiators or going within 15 metres of any building which belongs to the ‘‘club or organisation’’.
Magistrate Mark Buscombe had earlier ordered Mr Hum not go within 50 metres of any Gladiators building until it was disclosed he lived within 20 metres of the fortified front gates of the clubhouse.
Mr Buscombe said it appeared to him the victim, former Gladiator Peter Bell, could only identify Mr Hum from his voice.
Mr Bell and Mr Hum were well known to each other before Mr Bell left the club in 2010 after his colours were stripped.
Mr Buscombe ordered a $15,000 surety.
However, he refused bail to Luke Stevens after he found there ‘‘appears to be some strength’’ to the prosecution case against him.
Mr Hum and Mr Stevens have both been charged with causing Mr Bell grievous bodily harm with intent.