An Iranian acquaintance of a senior Coffin Cheater has been cleared of misleading Western Australia’s corruption watchdog after he was accused of giving false evidence about a vicious bikie brawl.
In another bloody nose for the Corruption and Crime Commission, Mohammed Alamdar from Mosman Park was acquitted of a charge of giving false or misleading evidence during two CCC inquisitions in 2010 and 2011.
Mr Alamdar was ordered to give evidence about the showdown between the Coffin Cheaters and the Finks at the Kwinana Motorplex racing venue in late 2010.
The brawl left Finks members Stephen Wallace with three fingers missing, David Marrapodi with a gunshot wound and Troy Smith with serious head injuries.
At a trial at Perth Magistrates Court, video interviews of Alamdar at the CCC were shown, where he claimed his memory was impaired after being dropped on his head as a child.
He consistently said he could not remember details of his association with the Coffin Cheaters.
Later, he appeared to admit that was not true, saying he had been scared for himself and his family in giving evidence.
With Farsi being Mr Alamdar’s first language, the defence said he sometimes struggled to communicate, citing various instances during the CCC hearings where he had sought clarification of a question or said he was unsure of the answer.
His lawyer Laurie Levy argued the Iranian may have misinterpreted what he was being asked, and may have initially only suspected a brawl had occurred, suspicions that were confirmed when he watched the news the next day.
And after a two-day hearing, magistrate Peter Malone agreed, saying the prosecution had not proved at any point Mr Alamdar had witnessed the actual fight - so in turn had not proved he lied to the CCC about what he knew.
Mr Malone also said Mr Alamdar’s understanding of English was not “objectively good”.
“Extreme caution is necessary before one could rely on a literal understanding of what the accused may have stated,” Mr Malone said.
“There are multiple questions within questions and it gives rise to doubts as to what the accused is saying in answering.”
Mr Alamdar was also awarded costs totalling more than $14,000.
After the verdict, he criticised the tactics of CCC investigators who raided his house in the days following the brawl.
“It was awful. If they want to raid the house they should let us know, because we have kids (there). It was not very nice,” Mr Alamdar said.
Tuesday’s acquittal comes a day after former West Australian premier Brian Burke was found not guilty of illegally obtaining official secrets, arising from a CCC investigation.
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