Innocent man shot dead in gang war, trial told
Graphic details have emerged about the shooting of an innocent man during a war between rival Adelaide bikie gangs.
The Supreme Court of South Australia was told 33-year-old panel beater Jason De Ieso suffered a shotgun blast to the head at his business Unique Custom Paint and Panel in Pooraka in November 2012.
Eight men with suspected links to the Hells Angels motorcycle gang are accused of Mr De Ieso's murder.
In opening their trial, crown prosecutor Jim Pearce KC told the jury Mr De Ieso was not the intended victim.
The intended victim had left the business minutes before the shooters arrived at the scene, he said.
Mr Pearce said workers at the shop were having lunch and Mr De Ieso was in his office when two white cars pulled up and nine men wearing hoodies approached the building. Five of them had firearms, including one with a sawn-off shotgun.
The intruders started firing as they entered the building and Mr De Ieso was mortally wounded.
"It was on the prosecution case, point-blank range," Mr Pearce said.
"Other shots were fired by other offenders from other guns, but no one else in the workshop was struck."
The shooters then fled in two white cars and the workers quickly moved to assist Mr De Ieso.
"The situation was hopeless," Mr Pearce said.
"Nothing they could do could save him."
Eight of the nine suspects in the shooting have pleaded not guilty to murder.
They include brothers Musa Ali Alzuain, 30, Husain Alzuain, 35, and Mohamed Alzuain, 31, along with Daniel Mark Jalleh, 34, Ross William Montgomery, 38, Seywan Moradi, 36, Kyle Lloyd Pryde, 34, and Nicholas Sianis, 36.
The ninth suspect has since died.
Mr Pearce said the eight defendants were either members, prospects or associates of the Hells Angels.
He said the shooting was a planned act of retaliation following a series of incidents between the Hells Angels north crew and the Finks bikie gang.
"This was no punch up that got out of hand."
Mr Pearce told the jury the incidents dated back to May 2011, including brawls, drive-by shootings and a home invasion in which the young son of a bikie was shot in the leg.
The family home of the Alzuain brothers was also fire bombed.
Mr Pearce said the final confrontation just a few days before the shooting was another brawl at the Fists of Fury fight night at Adelaide Arena.
On the day of the shooting, Mr Pearce said the defendants met at the Alzuain family home on Salisbury Highway and travelled to a tattoo parlour at Salisbury North owned by the intended target, a member of the Finks.
There they assaulted workers and then headed for Mr De Ieso's workshop, where the intended target often worked.
But he had left after receiving a phone call warning from his tattoo parlour minutes before the shooters arrived at Pooraka.
"They passed each other like ships in the night," Mr Pearce said.
The trial is expected to last up to six months.