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Christopher Wayne HUDSON





Classification: Murderer
Characteristics: Member of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club - Argument
Number of victims: 1
Date of murder: June 17, 2007
Date of arrest: 3 days later (surrenders)
Date of birth: May 24, 1978
Victim profile: Brendan Keilar, 43
Method of murder: Shooting
Location: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Status: Pleaded guilty. Sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum of 35 years before becoming eligible for parole in September 2008
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The 2007 Melbourne CBD shooting was an incident that occurred in the Central Business District of Melbourne, Victoria on 18 June 2007. Three people were shot, one fatally, by Christopher Wayne Hudson, 31, a member of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club, who opened fire on two men and a woman during an argument on the corner of William Street and Flinders Lane at about 8:20 am. Hudson fled from the scene and went into hiding for two days, before turning himself in to police on 20 June 2007 in Wallan, north of Melbourne.

In May 2008, Hudson pleaded guilty to the murder of Brendan Keilar and was sentenced that September to life imprisonment with a minimum of 35 years before becoming eligible for parole.

Christopher Hudson

Christopher Hudson was a full member of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club, having defected from rival group The Finks in 2006. Shortly afterward, he was involved in a brawl between both clubs at a kickboxing tournament on the Gold Coast and was shot in the chin. In the days before the killing of Brendan Keilar, Hudson had fired at police in Campbellfield after a night of heavy drinking with Collingwood footballer Alan Didak. On 28 June, Didak was interviewed by police about this incident. Didak claimed that he was intoxicated at the time, was not in control of the situation and was concerned for his safety.

The shootings

Hudson spent the night of 17 June 2007 drinking at the Spearmint Rhino in King Street. Early in the morning of 18 June, he assaulted stripper Autumn Daly-Holt, a workmate of his girlfriend, 24-year old Kara Douglas. He then called Douglas, who arrived to pick him up around 7:30 am. Hudson dragged her out onto the street by her hair. At the corner of William Street and Flinders Lane, two male bystanders, 43-year old solicitor Brendan Keilar and 25-year old Dutch backpacker Paul de Waard attempted to assist Douglas. Hudson pulled a gun and shot all three. Keilar was fatally wounded in the head. de Waard and Douglas were shot in the upper body. Douglas later had a kidney removed as a result of her injuries. Douglas, from Sydney, had been staying in the Punt Hill apartments on Flinders Lane.

Hudson fled the scene as Keilar died in the street, dumping his weapon and jacket in a nearby construction site on Flinders Street between Queen and Bond Streets, where they were found by a construction worker about an hour later. The Rialto Towers were evacuated amid reports that the gunman had fled into the tower, sparking a level-to-level search.

His car was discovered abandoned on Flinders Lane between Swanston and Elizabeth Streets. The black Honda CRV with New South Wales licence plates was revealed to be one vehicle owned by the gunman. His other vehicle was a black Mercedes-Benz sedan, later found in Richmond.

Still high from a drug binge, Hudson fled to a Hells Angels safehouse north of the city. At 5 pm on 20 June, he surrendered himself to Victorian Police at Wallan, walking into the police station without incident. Homicide squad detectives transferred him to Melbourne where he was charged with murder and other offences in an out of court hearing.

Aftermath and trial

Hudson was to appear in the Melbourne Magistrates' Court, but was unable to make it due to an injury to his forearm that required surgery. The magistrate ordered that Hudson be remanded into custody. The formal charges were: one charge of murder in relation to Brendan Keilar, two charges of attempted murder in relation to Kara Douglas and Paul de Waard, one charge of intentionally causing serious injury in relation to Autumn Daly-Holt and one charge of unlawful imprisonment. He was later also charged with nine offences in relation to the shooting incident involving Didak.

In May 2009, allegations came to light that Hudson had been tortured by members of the Hell's Angels for bringing unwanted police attention to the group. The claimant alleges a club tattoo was burned from his forearm with a blowtorch before he surrendered to police. The story arose after police raided the Angels' clubhouse in Sydney and took possession of a Harley Davidson motorcycle apparently owned by Hudson. This story was denied by Victoria Police and was further discredited when Hudson's stepmother sent a recent photograph, clearly showing the club tattoo, to the ABC program Media Watch.

Paul de Waard returned to the Netherlands to recover from his injuries. In October 2007, he revealed on a television interview that he was still undergoing extensive rehabilitation. He also made an appearance in the Dutch television show In de schaduw van het nieuws (In the shadow of the news) on 21 November 2009.


CBD shooter Christopher Wayne Hudson tortured by Hells Angels bikies

By Paul Kent -

May 7, 2009

THE killer behind Melbourne's horrific CBD shooting was tortured by Hells Angels bikies before he surrendered to justice, it can finally be revealed.

Christopher Wayne Hudson, on the run from police after a drug-fuelled rampage, was chained up while he was punished.

Senior members used a blowtorch to remove a Hells Angels tattoo from his arm, the Herald Sun reports.

Speaking for the first time, a Hells Angels insider said the ritual torture was punishment for bringing shame on the club.

Hudson surrendered to police with a heavily bandaged arm after two days on the run.

"Look at the bandage, it goes right up to the elbow ... it's a burns bandage," the insider said.

Hudson is serving 35 years for killing lawyer Brendan Keilar and shooting Dutch backpacker Paul de Waard in June, 2007.

On Tuesday, police raids across Sydney netted a custom-built Harley-Davidson from the Angels' Sydney clubhouse.

Police would not confirm the identity of the bike's owner last night, but a bikie insider said it was Hudson's.

The bike, painted in two-tone camouflage grey with a distinctive Hells Angel Arizona insignia on its side, was wheeled on to the back of a police truck.

For true outlaw bikers, the loss of their motorbike is the greatest insult they can suffer.

The bike was being held for safekeeping for Hudson by members who argued he should not be kicked out.

As his bike was taken away on Tuesday, Hudson's final few days of freedom have come to light.

It can be revealed that bitter infighting broke out within the club as members argued whether Hudson should be kicked out or allowed to remain.

Hudson had defected from rival bikie gang The Finks in 2006, which was when he had the Hells Angels tattoo - of a death's head with Hells Angel around it - inked on the inside of his arm.

A fully patched member, he disintegrated into a haze of drugs and alcohol.

Hudson had spent the night of June 17, 2007 drinking at the Spearmint Rhino and Bar Code along Melbourne's notorious King St. He was high on drugs and affected by alcohol.

At 5.30am, Hudson called his stripper girlfriend Kaera Douglas and asked her to come to get him.

He had viciously attacked Ms Douglas's workmate, Autumn Daly-Holt. When Ms Douglas arrived about 7.30am, he dragged her up the street by her hair.

As they reached the intersection of William St and Flinders Lane, Mr Keilar weighed in to help Ms Douglas, and Mr de Waard came to his aid.

After shooting Mr Keilar dead and wounding Mr de Waard and Ms Douglas, Hudson fled.

He spent two days in a Hells Angels safe house, coming down from his drug binge. All the while, club leaders debated what should happen to him.

Some wanted him kicked out; others, because he was considered staunch, wanted him to remain.

"Some didn't like the problems he brought with him," a Hells Angels insider said.

"They thought, 'F--- him. He got into it himself.' And with all the trouble he caused us with The Finks, they thought: 'Why didn't he do this then'?"

In 2006, a kickboxing promotion on the Gold Coast exploded when bikies from The Finks and Hells Angels brawled, ending the card. The brawl finished with Hudson being shot in the chin.

"They thought he should have done what he did to The Finks, not to innocent people," the insider said.

When no retribution followed the brawl, certain hardcore Hells Angels were angered.

Also, days before the city shooting, Hudson had shot at police after spending a night drinking with Collingwood footballer Alan Didak.

The club did not want the police attention Hudson's increasingly chaotic behaviour was attracting.

And nothing attracts police attention like murder.

As arguments about Hudson's future continued, police intelligence surfaced suggesting that two Hells Angels were flying in from interstate to kill the wanted fugitive.

With the club split, some senior Angels took the oxyacetylene torch to Hudson's tattoo.

When Hudson surrendered to Wallan police, he was sporting a bandage over the burn, prompting widespread rumours that he had tried to commit suicide.

The insider insists it was a burns bandage.

But some Hells Angels still believe Hudson tried to kill himself, saying they have seen what is left of the damaged tattoo.

"A few blokes said they saw it and that it has a lot of scarring and it's a bit messed up because he tried to blade himself," the insider said.

"Chris wasn't that sort of bloke, though. Not a lot know what really happened."


Unflinching Hudson gets life in prison for shooting

By Karen Kissane and Kate Hagan -

September 23, 2008

HE IS not too bright and can't read or write well. He worries that he is too thin - that's why he took the steroids that pumped him up mentally as well as physically. And he's long been a loser; apart from the occasional labouring gig, he has relied on his dad to support him the past few years.

- Life in prison, 35-year minimum
- Bikie culture, drug abuse 'only explanation'
- Hudson 'of low intellect'

But Christopher Wayne Hudson, the city shooter, put on a good front in the Supreme Court yesterday. He puffed out his chest and held his handsome head high as Justice Paul Coghlan ordered him to stand to hear his fate: life in prison, with a 35-year minimum. The 30-year-old Hudson did not flinch.

Maybe it was partly about impressing the gang. Half-a-dozen Hells Angels sat in the back row behind him. They stood to greet him when he entered the court. He gave them a smile and a thumbs up, and one gave him a fist-on-heart salute in return.

They were a big part of his problem, his psychiatrist had told the judge. The bikie culture and the drugs he abused were, in the end, the only explanations for the bloody attacks in the heart of Melbourne on June 18, 2007, in which a drunken, meth-crazed Hudson left one man dead and three other people seriously wounded.

A report by consultant psychiatrist Danny Sullivan had been tendered at Hudson's plea hearing. Dr Sullivan found Hudson was of low intellect but had no psychiatric disorder: "Although anabolic steroid abuse and the lifestyle led by Mr Hudson suggests narcissistic and antisocial features, it is more likely that he was seduced by the lifestyle offered by joining motorcycle gangs, and that his peer group and lifestyle encouraged self-centred and aggressive attitudes."

Hudson, whose spree included savagely kicking a dancer in the face at a nightclub he had frequented, had a history of violence against women that was echoed in his city attacks, in which he shot two men who had tried to help a woman he was assaulting. In 2003, Hudson had beaten his then partner and attacked a security guard who had tried to help her.

He had been taking anabolic steroids, which he knew made him moody, for more than a month before the shootings because he was concerned that people said he was looking "skinny". He had also been taking large amounts of amphetamines and that night was drinking heavily, mostly beer and Bacardi rum.

"He was, as a consequence, much more paranoid than usual," Dr O'Sullivan said.

In front of the dock was Hudson's father, Terry, dressed as if for a funeral, his face grim as the judge recounted again the tale of that morning.

It began when Hudson attacked Autumn Daly-Holt, a dancer at the Spearmint Rhino club in King Street where he had spent the previous night. He left her lying unconscious on the street and turned his anger on former girlfriend Keara Douglas, forcing her at gunpoint to walk with him.

Solicitor and father-of-three Brendan Keilar, 43, was walking to work when he and Dutch backpacker Paul de Waard, 26, saw Hudson dragging the distraught Ms Douglas away from a taxi by her hair. The two men asked Hudson what was going on.

Justice Coghlan said. "They did not even so much as touch you. You took out your handgun and shot both of them. You also shot Ms Douglas. They fell to the ground. You shot Mr Brendan Keilar once more while he was on the ground. You executed him.

"You shot Mr Paul de Waard once more while he was on the ground.Your gun was then empty. You and others ought be grateful for that."

Mr Keilar died at the scene.

Most of the rest of Hudson's life will be spent in jail. His victims feel they have life sentences too. Ms Douglas lost a kidney. Ms Daly-Holt has been left with permanent nerve damage to her face. Mr de Waard can no longer enjoy the surfing, swimming and snowboarding he once loved.

Justice Coghlan found Hudson to be remorseful, but discounted witness accounts that he had tried to commit suicide after the shootings - the gun was empty by that stage.

He was given a non-parole period only because he had pleaded guilty to the charges of murder and attempted murder, Justice Coghlan said.

Hudson will be 65 when he is given his freedom.



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