Police believe Mongols gangsters were behind the brutal execution-style murder of notorious Finks bikie Shane Bowden outside his Gold Coast home.

The former Mongols enforcer was hit with a barrage of bullets at point blank range in a late-night ambush as he returned from a gym session to the Pimpama home he had shared with his partner and her two children since fleeing Melbourne when he was wounded in a drive-by shooting and booted out of the gang in July.

Bowden, who shot bitter rival Christopher Hudson during the infamous Ballroom Blitz bikie rampage on the Gold Coast nearly 15 years ago, was killed just weeks after emerging from quarantine following his arrest for lying to authorities after leaving Melbourne at the height of the city's coronavirus pandemic in August to recuperate from his bullet wounds.

Shane Bowden was killed in the driveway of a Pimpama home. Inset: Police inspect the scene, including shot-up car Bowden was in when he was executed.
Shane Bowden was killed in the driveway of a Pimpama home. Inset: Police inspect the scene, including shot-up car Bowden was in when he was executed.

It is understood Bowden, a Finks 'terror team' member before the group patched over to the Mongols en masse during Campbell Newman's 'War on Bikies', was trying to recruit members to his old gang, but police do not believe his death will trigger a new gangland war.

Finks members who 'patched over' to the Mongols in 2013 were given the blessing of the gang's elder statesmen and relations between the two groups were considered cordial.

Instead, police believe Bowden was deliberately targeted over his bitter falling-out with the Mongols in Melbourne and have gathered intelligence from Victoria's crack anti-bike police squad, Taskforce Echo.

Shane Bowden at a recent court appearance on the Gold Coast. Picture: Tertius Pickard
Shane Bowden at a recent court appearance on the Gold Coast. Picture: Tertius Pickard

 

Police sources told The Courier-Mail that Bowden had fallen foul of the Mongols in Melbourne after he started moving with members of the Comancheros, one of the gang's fiercest rivals.

He served almost five years behind bars for a violent robbery and had been out of jail barely a month when he was shot and expelled from the Mongols.

He did not co-operate with Victorian authorities and that shooting remains an active investigation.

Police at the murder scene. Picture Glenn Hampson
Police at the murder scene. Picture Glenn Hampson

 

Police believe at least two men lay in wait for Bowden on Sunday night outside his Lachlan Street home, shooting him repeatedly as he sat in the driver's seat of a luxury BMW.

Two burnt-out cars were found abandoned at nearby Ormeau and Beenleigh.

Detective Superintendent Brendan Smith, the South Eastern Regional crime co-ordinator, said Bowden's 'interesting' background appeared to have caught up with him.

"It's a matter that would appear to be within the one club as opposed to one club against another.......because it's clearly something to do with his background with what's happened in the last few weeks and months," he said.

"It's important that people understand that these gangs are criminals … that survive on retribution, violence and threats and if anyone thinks anything otherwise they're an idiot.

"Nobody deserves to die in this manner but, you live by the sword, you die by the sword."

Police comb the crime scene outside the home where Shane Bowden was killed on the Gold Coast. Picture: Richard Gosling.
Police comb the crime scene outside the home where Shane Bowden was killed on the Gold Coast. Picture: Richard Gosling.

 

Bowden's former partner Trudi McPhee, who has a 14-year-old son with the slain bikie, said she was devastated at the loss of the man who was "the love of my life" and warned that 'a hurricane is coming' in response.

"He might have had some issues but deep down at the end of the day, he had a very good heart," she said.

"He always put other people first. He did jail time for other people that he should never have done jail time for. But he did it because he didn't want to speak and dob anyone in.

"I just can't believe it. I never ever thought that this day would ever get here. He was the love of my life."

 

 

Trudi McPhee.
Trudi McPhee.

 

Adopted as a child, he became a champion youth cyclist with dreams of Olympic glory before being cruelled by injuries.

He then turned to bodybuilding at the gym where he met bikies.

"He lived for the biker life," Ms McPhee said.

"All I know is that these biker wars need to stop."

Bowden spoke to The Courier-Mail after authorities wrongly claimed he'd flown from Melbourne to Brisbane while infected with coronavirus.

He said Ms McPhee "has meant so much to me over so many years … she is what keeps me grounded".

"I know she will always be a part of me because of my son but this time I blew any chance I had with her again," Bowden said.

Bowden's teenage son yesterday spoke of his heartbreak.

"You weren't meant to leave, love you always," he wrote on social media.

"Mum is heartbroken. I promise I will be by her side always. RIP."

Two men were seen in the area of the fatal shooting on nearby CCTV cameras, one in dark clothing and the other wearing lighter clothes, but police have not ruled out the possibility others were also involved.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Shane Bowden being driven into Southport Watch House after the infamous Ballroom Blitz.
Shane Bowden being driven into Southport Watch House after the infamous Ballroom Blitz.

 

LIFE AND CRIMES OF SHANE BOWDEN

 

2006 Bowden, then a Fink, involved in the notorious "Ballroom Blitz" at the Royal Pines on the Gold Coast. Bowden shot Fink-turned-Hells Angel Christopher Wayne Hudson in the face and was jailed for seven years.

 

2013 Finks involved in nationwide "patch over" to Mongols gang. Bowden raided by Victoria police after moving from Queensland.

 

2015 Bowden arrested over aggravated burglary in South Yarra with co-accused fitness model Janet "Aysen" Campbell. He was jailed for three years and nine months.

 

June 2020 Bowden released from jail, picked up in a limousine and greeted by Mongols.

 

July 2020 Bowden shot in his Epping driveway and kicked out of Mongols.

 

August 2020 Bowden arrives in Queensland with authorities originally believing he was COVID-19-positive.

 

September 2020 Charged by police for COVID-19 breaches for lying on declaration form.

 

October 2020 Bowden killed in his car at his Pimpama home after returning home from the gym.

 

 

 

 

- additional reporting by Elise Williams

 

 

 

 

Originally published as Police hunt Mongols over execution of Shane Bowden



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