CLINT Starkey thought he was with a mate. Instead he was led to three men who brutally attacked and killed him.
Clint Starkey was taken to the Caltex service station at Peats Ridge in NSW by a man he thought was his friend about 10pm on April 5. As many as four members of the Rebels were waiting for them.
The beating was so brutal doctors initially believed he had been attacked with an axe.
Mr Starkey, 42, was initially treated at Gosford Hospital but later flown to Royal North Shore Hospital in a critical condition. He never regained consciousness and died there on June 12.
He had been due to be sentenced for drug offences at the Gosford District Court the day after the attack.
Detectives from the State Crime Command’s Homicide Squad, assisted by Brisbane Water Local Area Command, established Strike Force Bartondale to investigate the murder.
Today they released CCTV footage of a group of people they say will be able to help with their inquiries. The footage shows the car Mr Starkey was taken to the service station and three men approach it. The footage stops abruptly before Mr Starkey is pulled from the passenger seat by one of the men and they attack him for more than a minute.
Police hope someone will recognise them — either by their clothing or mannerisms — and will come forward.
Detective Chief Inspector Gary Jubelin said: “Strike Force Bartondale investigators have strong intelligence to suggest Mr Starkey’s assault is linked to activities of local outlaw motorcycle gang activity.”
Detective Chief Inspector Gary Jubelin addresses the media in relation to the Clint Starkey murder investigation.
He told a media conference police believed there could be associates who were involved, including taking Mr Starkey to hospital. And he warned police would catch them — sooner or later.
“I would urge these people to come forward now as it’s only a matter of time before we come to you.”
Even though the images weren’t clear, he was confident the men in them would be identified.
“I’m sure there are people out there who know exactly who these people are in the footage. If I was the person in those images I would be pretty worried because it’s clear people will be able to identify them.”
Mr Jubelin called the attack “particularly violent” and included Mr Starkey having his head stomped on.
“We know four people were directly involved in it, we know others were involved in the planning and organisation of it, people were involved in the cleaning up of the crime scene and taking the victim to the hospital.”
He would not comment on what fuelled the attack — other than to say it was a “dispute” — however the Central Coast Advocate is reporting the hit may have been ordered by a rising member of the Rebels who Mr Starkey had a dispute with.
It’s alleged Mr Starkey’s friend was contacted by the Rebels member and told to drive him to the Caltex station, the Advocate reported.
The friend who took Mr Starkey to hospital was arrested the day after the attack. The 40-year-old was charged with concealing a serious indictable offence and firearm offences and remains before the courts.
As part of their renewed push to catch the killers this morning dozens of police carried out dawn raids of four properties at Woy Woy and others across the Central Coast.