9 November 2023

Love feud led to ex-bikie's threat to kill, police allege

| Albert McKnight
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It is alleged these images were sent over Snapchat by 29-year-old Axel Sidaros. Photos: Tendered to the court.

A former bikie who apparently began feuding with a man after they dated the same woman is back in custody after allegedly threatening to kill him over social media.

Axel Sidaros, 29, was hauled before the ACT Magistrates Court on Wednesday (8 November).

The pair had known each other for years and had gotten into “a longstanding feud” after briefly dating the same woman, police allege in court documents.

On 28 October 2023, the man received a video over Snapchat from a person alleged to be Sidaros.

The video showed several men outside his home, including one taking the mail out of his letterbox and another trying to open a sliding door while saying, “You can pop this open can’t ya”.

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On Monday (6 November), the man allegedly received a number of photos and videos from Sidaros over Snapchat.

In one, he allegedly filmed himself holding several handguns while inserting and removing the ammunition.

Another allegedly showed him wearing a balaclava with a caption that partly reads, “Canberra get ready for ur first daylight hit [sic]”.

The caption for a third reads, “I do what I gotta do I don’t care if I get caught. The AFP can play this mother f-in tape in court. I’ll kill you. I ain’t playin. Hear what I’m sayin homie I ain’t playin. I catch you slippin ima kill you [sic]”.

Also, a photo allegedly shows him holding a handgun with a caption that reads, “[the man’s] a snitch and a b-h this big 40s gonna blow off his head [sic]”.

Police raided Sidaros’s home in O’Malley on Tuesday (7 November), where they allegedly found a small bag of cocaine, a large knife with ‘COMANCHERO MC 3’ written on it, as well as a Comancheros t-shirt.

Sidaros admitted going to the man’s house on 28 October but declined to speak further, although he did say the Comancheros items found in his house were from ages ago.

He was charged with making a threat to kill, using a carriage service to menace and possessing cocaine. His lawyer, Michael Kukulies-Smith of Kamy Saeedi Law, said he would plead not guilty.

He applied for his client to be granted bail, arguing identification was a significant issue. For instance, he said the only photo that contained someone’s face showed them wearing a balaclava.

Another photo showed the letter ‘A’ on a person’s finger while they held a gun.

Mr Kukulies-Smith said this letter was part of ‘ACCA’ which meant “Always Comanchero, Comanchero Always”. While his client did have such a letter on his finger, he said many people had the same tattoo as they had been or were associates of the Comancheros.

He also said Sidaros did not have Snapchat on his phone.

Ultimately, Magistrate Glenn Theakston said he could not be satisfied special or exceptional circumstances existed for him to grant bail, which was required under the relevant legislation.

He remanded Sidaros in custody for a hearing on an unrelated matter next week, while the fresh charges were adjourned until 20 December.

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In 2021, Sidaros was sentenced to almost 10 years’ jail over his role in a gunfight involving the Canberra Comancheros, although this sentence was reduced on appeal.

On 25 January 2023, police found him with a knife in a scabbard hanging from a necklace around his neck and he was convicted of a charge of possessing a knife without a reasonable excuse, which cancelled his parole.

Mr Kukulies-Smith said he had been re-released in May 2023 after spending four months in custody and he had been fully compliant while on parole.

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