Finks fugitive caught in Willaston

POLICE tracked down and arrested a fugitive former bikie in Willaston last week after he’d been on the run, and taunting police on social media about it, for almost three months.

New South Wales parolee David John Brooks (pictured), 48, of Newcastle, NSW, faced Elizabeth Magistrates Court on Thursday, where he was remanded in custody to be extradited to Sydney the following morning.

Brooks, a former Finks bikie, had previously been paroled after serving a prison sentence for drug supply offences, however a warrant was issued for his arrest after he failed to report to Newcastle Police, as per his parole conditions, on February 21. He’d been located and arrested by Crime Gangs Task Force and STAR Group officers in Willaston at 1pm on Wednesday, a SA Police spokesperson confirmed.

Since his escape in February, Brooks has been posting regular updates onto a YouTube channel – under a video series titled “Memoirs Of A Wanted Man” – and Facebook, where his listed occupation reads: “Still fighting the corrupt system”.

“Get your f***ing s*** together, you still haven’t found me, you f***s,” Brooks taunted police in a video he posted the weekend before his arrest.

“Okay? I’m not that f***ing hard to find.”

Detective Sergeant Andrew Tesoriero, of the NSW Police Corrective Services Investigation Unit, said information about Brooks’ location was relayed to South Australia police, leading them to arrest him on the side of a road in Willaston.

“Our understanding with Mr Brooks is that he was only in the Gawler area of South Australia for a short period of time before being arrested,” he said.

“We can’t disclose exactly what information led to his location and subsequent arrest, however police regularly rely on information that is provided to them by members of the community that
are supportive of the police, and wish to see convicted criminals in breach of their parole returned to prison, to serve their sentence.”

Det Sgt Tesoriero said Brooks was extradited without incident and returned to the custody of Corrective Services NSW to serve the balance of his parole, which is understood to only be two months and 21 days.

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Matteo Gagliardi joined The Bunyip in August 2016 with almost two years experience in regional print media, having previously worked at a community newspaper in Swan Hill, Victoria. Covering politics, local government and crime, Matteo likes to sink his teeth into hard-hitting issues, but also enjoys spending time getting to know the Gawler community. Matteo also has a passion for science, agriculture and the environment, and has previously worked as a media officer at the Australian Science Media Centre.

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