THE PRESIDENT of the Newcastle Nomads has avoided a jail term for participating in a criminal group during the gang's turf war with the Finks, despite a prosecutor describing his participation in the bikie gang's activities as being at the "highest level".
Bradley Bowtell was sentenced to a two-year intensive corrections order (ICO) in Newcastle Local Court on Monday, one of the first members of the gang to be dealt with after 21 Nomads pleaded guilty to participating in a criminal group last week.
As part of the ICO, Bowtell was ordered to complete more than 160 hours of community service and was ordered not to associate with other members of the gang or frequent licensed premises.
He was also placed on a three-year community corrections order, the equivalent to a good behaviour bond, for breaching the serious crime prevention orders that five members of the Nomads were placed on in April last year.
Bowtell's sentence bodes well for the rest of the Nomads members, all represented by solicitor Chris O'Brien, who will be dealt with over the coming days and weeks.
As well as Bowtell, another high-ranking member Kane Benjamin Tamplin was sentenced to a 22-month intensive corrections order on Monday and Murray Brittliffe, the father of high-ranking member Dylan Brittliffe, was placed on a 12-month community corrections order.
Murray Brittliffe will still be able to associate and have contact with his son, Dylan, however, after Strike Force Raptor prosecutors acknowledged that imposing that condition would be "overly onerous".
The remaining members of the Nomads are not to associate and have other strict conditions, including travelling in certain vehicles.
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