Finks nominee Alaxzanda Jackson jailed for role in Kurri Kurri drive-by shooting

A FINKS nominee who allowed members of the gang to use his car in a drive-by shooting at Kurri Kurri and then burnt the car out and lied to police has been jailed for a maximum of two years in Newcastle District Court.

Alaxzanda Jackson, now 22, was initially accused offiring six bullets into a car and one into a house in Greta Street during the early hours of the morning of October 15, 2017.

But the code of silence synonymous with outlaw motorcycle gangs meant that prosecutors couldn’t even prove Jackson was in the car at the time of the shooting and he ultimately pleaded guilty to being an accessory after the fact to firing a firearm at a dwelling and participating in a criminal group.

Judge Mark Buscombe said the victim, who lived at the house in Greta Street, had been involved in a conflict with members of the Finks outlaw motorcycle gang in the lead-up to the drive-by shooting.

About 9pm on the night of the shooting, five members of the Finks, including one man with a balaclava over his face and clutching a baseball bat, knocked on the door of the man’s home.

But when told the man wasn’t home, they left.

About 1.30am that night, Jackson’s white Mitsubishi Magna and a motorcycle drove up and down Greta Street.

A few minutes later an unknown person fired one bullet into the home and emptied six shots into a silver Subaru Impreza parked outside.At about 2.45am, police stopped the victim as he was driving towards his home after being told about the shooting.He was furious and inside his underpants police found a loaded firearm.

About 10 minutes later Jackson’s car was being set on fire at Heddon Greta.

Police later went and spoke to Jackson and placed a “form of demand”, a police power to make people disclose who was in their car.

But Jackson lied and provided a false version to conceal what had really happened.In sentencing Jackson to serve a non-parole period of 14 months in jail, Judge Buscombe said he could not be satisfied that the Finks nominee knewa firearm would be involved.

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