Slain Rebel Nick Martin 'larger than life'

Michael Ramsey and Tim Dornin
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His coffin arrived on a motorcycle sidecar escorted by his beloved Rebels, with the gang's slain former leader Nick Martin remembered as "larger than life" and a man of "no bullshit".

The 51-year-old was laid to rest at Pinnaroo Cemetery in Perth northern suburbs on Wednesday, with fellow Rebels, friends and family members speaking of their enduring love and friendship.

In a eulogy delivered on behalf of the gang's West Australian chapter, Martin was described as a "good man, a caring man" who would help anyone.

"Nick Martin was a man who had a presence about him. A natural-born leader who earned people's respect," his fellow Rebel said.

"A man of integrity, loyalty and above all else he had firm principles of right and wrong. He was hard but fair.

"That being said, you definitely didn't want to rub him the wrong way.

"He had a gift for seeing people as who they really are."

Another Rebels member and friend told the gathering Martin had been the "one consistent" in his life.

"Through thick and thin, court cases, fights, girlfriends, wives, kids, good and bad times, we've seen each other at our worst and at our best," he said.

"I'm going to miss you mate, but you've left me and others here today with a lifetime of memories.

"That's something that no-one can take away."

Martin was shot dead on December 12 while attending a drag racing event at Perth Motorplex with his wife and other associates.

He received a single gunshot wound to his torso, with detectives investigating the possibility he was shot by a sniper.

A $1 million reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Martin's killer.

Police have declined to say whether they believe the assailant may have come from the eastern states, but Operation Ravello detectives are reviewing COVID-19 travel permits, mandatory for all interstate arrivals.

Police last week arrested Martin's son-in-law Ricky Chapman, a former Bandidos member, for breaching his parole conditions after he was wounded in the attack.

Chapman, 31, underwent surgery after being injured by the same bullet that killed Martin.

A bullet fragment recovered from his arm has been sent to ballistics experts and footage from the event is being reviewed.

An unrelated five-year-old boy sitting on the lap of Martin's wife was grazed by a bullet fragment but did not require medical treatment.

The venue in Kwinana Beach has now been returned to its owners after police scoured surrounding bush to determine where the shooter was located.

Detectives have also raided properties associated with outlaw motorcycle gangs including Rebels, Mongols and Hells Angels clubhouses.

Wednesday's funeral was watched over by a large police presence with up to 200 officers deployed for the event.