Family of killed bikie boss request taxpayer-funded funeral


Family of former Rebels bikie boss Nick Martin request funeral expenses be covered by taxpayer

The family of a slain bikie boss have requested taxpayers fund his funeral.

Former Rebels chief Nick Martin was shot and killed in public at the Kwinana Motorplex on December 12.

His killer continues to elude police as his family mourns.

But their plea for Martin’s funeral to be funded under a Homicide Funderal Assistance Scheme fell on deaf ears.

The scheme was introduced two years ago and provides $8,000 towards the cost of a funeral where the cause of death was murder, manslaughter or unlawful assault causing death.

Nick and Amanda Martin at a previous drag race event.
Nick and Amanda Martin at a previous drag race event. Credit: 7NEWS

Since Martin’s death likely falls under one of those categories, his family applied.

But Attorney-General John Quigley was quick to knock it back.

“Hell will freeze over before we pay for a bikie’s funeral,” he said, according to The West Australian.

“No way. No way. The taxpayers will not be paying for Mr Martin’s funeral. Full stop.”

Nick and Amanda Martin.
Nick and Amanda Martin. Credit: 7NEWS

WA Police has now formed Taskforce Ravello in response to the murder, which brings together specialist officers from the Gang Crime and Homicide Squads.

The government is offering a $1 million reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for the fatal shooting.

“The Government may be prepared to consider recommending a protection from prosecution or pardon for any informant with information that leads to the conviction of the person or persons responsible, provided that the informant was not directly responsible for the homicide,” a statement from WA Police Minister Michelle Roberts confirms.

“This weekend’s killing displayed an open contempt for the law and for the people of this state..

“Families and individuals deserve to go about their lawful business in peace and security, and not have this sort of trauma inflicted upon them by those who operate outside the law.

“I know that our police will leave no stone unturned in their search for those responsible.”

Paramedics and police swarm Martin at Perth Motorplex.
Paramedics and police swarm Martin at Perth Motorplex. Credit: 7NEWS

It’s believed a gunshot fired from a distance killed the bikie and injured others, including a five-year-old boy.

The boy was treated for minor injuries while another bikie, 31-year-old Ricky Chapman, was seriously wounded.

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