A NEW suit, a braided tuft of hair, gold jewellery, claims of a “super cop” and police conspiracy did little to sway a Brisbane District Court jury who found Warwick Bandidos bikie gang identity Darrell Vincent Cross guilty yesterday.
Cross was found guilty of both charges of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and serious assault of a police officer and was sentenced to three years jail, a Queensland Justice Department spokeswoman confirmed yesterday.
The disability pensioner will spend his 49th birthday in a Brisbane correctional facility and the spokeswoman said Cross would be eligible for parole on July 29, next year.
“He was also disqualified from driving or a holding a licence for a period of three years,” the spokeswoman said.
A nervy Cross took the witness stand on Monday and told the court he was specially chosen by the Bandidos president to relocate his Fatboy Harley Davidson motorcycle while the bikie gang relocated its clubhouse.
It was the same bike Cross used to mow down Oxley District Police Traffic Branch senior constable Conrad Greenwood, who suffered arm, abdomen and groin injuries as a result of the encounter.
During the Crown Public Prosecutor’s closing statement she labelled Cross an “unreliable” witness as he claimed to be a victim as he lay arrested, face-down and handcuffed on the side of the road while Snr Const Greenwood was rushed to hospital after being hit by the 300kg Fatboy.
“What about Mr Cross?” the prosecutor said.
“Did you see him backtrack (while on the witness stand)? He wouldn’t say he ran over the copper – that would be stupid – so he did the next best thing and said he (Cross) was the victim.
“His story was so far fetched (the jury had) no problem pushing it aside.
“There was no jumping in front (of the moving motor bike), no ‘super cop’ as Mr Cross described.”
Cross’ defence counsel emphatically told the jurors not to play on prejudice based on his client’s heavily tattooed frame, and said in his closing address, “we all know that the police hate bikies”.
Cross’ support network in the public gallery grew as each day of the trail progressed, with only his female family members leaving court to indulge in some Brisbane retail therapy.
The verdict marked the conclusion of Cross’ four-day trial which started on Wednesday. The bikie was found guilty of the two charges which related to an incident where he ran down Snr Const Greenwood during a routine traffic speed radar operation in Moorooka last year.