Qld police offer up $250K reward for October murder of former bikie Shane Bowden

Gold Coast police are hopeful the offer of $250,000 and indemnity is enough to incentivise someone to “break the bikie code” and come forward with information about the 2020 murder of Shane Bowden.

Bowden was fatally shot in his Pimpama garage at 12.10am on October 12, 2020 as he returned home from the gym.

At the time, police described the attack on the former Finks member as being “execution-style”.

Police have now revealed Mr Bowden was shot 21 times at close range by a killer, or killers, armed with a machine pistol similar to the one pictured.

Qld police offer up $250K reward for October murder of former bikie Shane Bowden

Camera IconPicture released by police of a machine pistol similar to the firearm used to murder Shane Bowden on the Gold Coast. QPS. Credit: Supplied

Bowden had recently returned to Queensland after being released from a Victorian jail before his murder.

Detective Superintendent Brendan Smith said police believe the Mongols gang was responsible for the murder, and have established two lines of inquiry.

“We are certainly looking at it being either a personal vendetta by that gang against him personally, or the fact that he was a Mongol and then he went back to being a Fink, and we all know that they don’t take kindly to members chopping and changing between gangs.

On Thursday, police and the Queensland Government announced the $250,000 reward for any information that leads to the conviction of the person, or persons, found to be responsible for the murder.

Qld police offer up $250K reward for October murder of former bikie Shane Bowden

Camera IconShane Bowden had recently returned home to Queensland from Victoria before his murder. Tertius Pickard Credit: News Corp Australia

Superintendent Smith said the reward was a “substantial incentive” for anyone with any information to come forward to assist police in solving the crime.

“We believe there are people out in the community who could have information about Shane’s murder. We believe this was a targeted attack on him and there will be people who know or, or have information about his murder,” he said.

“This is most definitely the time to come forward and tell us what you know.

“We’re confident it’s the Mongols that are actively involved in this murder … The motive is still unclear.”

In addition, an appropriate indemnity from prosecution will be recommended for any accomplice, who has not committed the crime, who first gives the information.

“Anyone with information is urged to consider the reward and come forward and speak to us now,” Superintendent Smith said.

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