Two men accused of being involved in a major street fight in southern Brisbane this week, described by police as an “organized violent attack” using swords and knives, have been given bail.
- Maan Singh, 46, and Lad Singh, 38, are charged with grievous bodily harm and several other offenses
- The court heard that there was “significant enmity and disagreement” leading to the confrontation
- Both men received bail in Brisbane Magistrates Court
Fifteen men were charged yesterday with affray for allegedly taking part in a pre-arranged match between two groups of up to 50 people in Runcorn on Monday night.
Police allege a number of people involved were armed with knives, golf clubs, metal poles and swords.
Paramedics said eight people had been rushed to hospital after the incident, including a man who was seriously injured in the neck, head and arm.
Maan Singh, 46, and Lad Singh, 38, are charged with grievous bodily harm and assault.
In separate guarantors for the two men, the Brisbane Magistrates Court heard that everyone involved in the fight was connected to a Sikh temple in Brisbane and that the confrontation was allegedly caused by a “religious disagreement” over committee memberships.
The court heard that there had been “significant enmity and disagreement” and “smoldering tensions” between two factions in the temple in the run-up to the battle.
The prosecution did not protest against the release of Maan Singh, but Lad Singh’s bail was opposed as he had allegedly armed himself with a sword.
Court documents claimed that the five men charged with grievous bodily harm were “all united against an alleged common enemy” and that Maan Singh had “significant emotional involvement”.
“Defendants in this case used force in numbers to attack and seriously injure the victims.”
The court documents also claim that Lad Singh was “the driver of a newer faction” and had armed himself with a sword and “willingly used it” on a man during the fight.
“Defendants have agitated against the current committee,” the documents claimed.
“Defendant is trying to get support for his faction.”
A judge granted Maan Singh and Lad Singh bail on several conditions and forbade them to contact each other and their co-accused and to visit the temple.