An Insta-famous ex-bikie is back behind bars after a bizarre escape attempt from the police where he ripped off his ankle tracker, dove into a creek and unsuccessfully attempted to steal a boat.
But Ben Geppert’s James Bond-esque escape was foiled when the former Hells Angels enforcer, nicknamed ‘Notorious’, realized he needed a key to start the engine of the boat that was parked in Tallebudgera Creek on the Gold Coast.
Geppert, 31, who has ‘vendetta’ and a distinctive tear written across his face, then returned to shore and fled on foot, before police finally caught up with him during a traffic stop on Reedy Creek Road, Burleigh Waters .
At Southport Magistrates Court last Friday, Geppert claimed it was a “brain snap” that led him to remove his GPS monitor while at his home in Varsity Lakes in the early morning hours of January 15.
Geppert was on probation at the time. He pleaded guilty to willful damage to corrective services property, being unlawfully at liberty and attempting to unlawfully use a vessel.
Former Hells Angels and Finks bikie Ben Geppert (above with ex-partner Allaina Vader Jones) had been ‘doing the best he could’ on probation when he had a ‘brain snap’, ripped off his tracking anklet and fell he fled.
Geppert, known as ‘Notorious,’ has parted ways with Allaina (above right) and the Hells Angels since the stabbing to death of his younger brother.
Geppert was walking along Tallebudgera Creek when police saw his distinctive tattoos and dove into the water to escape, then tried to seize a boat but could not get the outboard motor to work.
The former Hells Angels biker gang enforcer, who has been back in custody since his new arrest, will remain behind bars despite receiving an eight-month sentence, fully suspended for one year.
Geppert had been on probation after completing the Queensland government’s Outlaw Motorcycle Gang (OMCG) release program.
The former gangster, who became famous with his then-girlfriend Allaina Vader Jones, who was heavily tattooed at the time from his exploits a few years ago, has tried to turn his life around.
Geppert made headlines for several years for airing his fights with rival cyclists on social media.
Vader and his cousin Rikki Louise Jones were dragged into a fight between Geppert’s ex-boyfriend and Jones and Bandidos ex-bikie Brett ‘Kaos’ Pechey, with mocking images posted on their Instagram accounts.
Ben Geppert and his now ex-partner Allaina Vader (above together) posted about their adventures together on Instagram during their then ended relationship.
Ben Geppert (above during an earlier arrest) was eventually re-arrested while being identified during a traffic stop and taken into custody where he remains.
Ben Geppert and another man were filmed fighting in a KFC parking lot. An adjoining McDonalds was seen in the background.
In May 2018, Geppert was filmed fighting with another man outside a KFC restaurant in Robina, Queensland.
The clip showed Geppert running through a parking lot while an accomplice yelled, “Now it’s your turn, idiot!”
The couple quarreled and cursed at each other (“eat ad**k,” said one) until the second man collapsed in a white Range Rover.
After the death of his younger brother, 17-year-old Harrison, who was stabbed to death in a Varsity Lakes park on the Gold Coast in September 2019, and a stint in jail, Geppert vowed to change his ways.
He resigned from the Hells Angels, reconciled with his family, and appeared with his mother Lisa in a series of bicycle videos and said he regretted his gangster lifestyle.
Geppert said Harrison saw the attention his older brother had received for being part of a gang and wanted his own part in it.
He felt partly to blame for his brother’s death because it exposed him to the gangster lifestyle.
Ben Geppert’s lawyer told the court that his current partner (above ex-bikie with ex-girlfriend Mrs. Vader) had a seven-month-old daughter and was expecting another baby.
“I wasn’t in a position to take him under my wing because he was doing stupid things too, I never went up there and told him to stop,” Geppert said.
Geppert’s lawyer told the Southport court that Geppert was doing “the best thing he’s ever done” but then had “a mental snap, he has no idea why”.
Queensland Police said GPS signals confirmed the anklet remained in the house while he was on the run on January 15.
He was spotted by police on Awoonga Avenue, Burleigh Heads on January 17 but dove into Tallebudgera Creek.
The court heard that Geppert and his current partner had a seven-month-old daughter and were expecting another baby, hoping to be out in time for the birth.
It will be up to the Queensland parole board when Geppert is deemed fit to be released from prison.