The alleged ‘mastermind’ of the assassination of former Rebels bikie boss Nick Martin is reportedly about to be charged over the murder.
Martin, 51, was shot dead at Kwinana Motorplex in Perth on December 12, 2020 in a gruesome and public execution.
The man believed to have orchestrated the killing is set to be charged conspiracy to murder before a West Australian court on Monday, according to Seven News.
He is reportedly codenamed ‘The Baker’ and was the man who sought out the former SAS sniper who fired the fatal shot.
Nick Martin (pictured) was shot in the back at the Perth Motorplex on December 12 in front of horrified families who were trying to watch the nitro cars high-octane drag racing
The chaos at the racetrack on December 12 in Perth after Martin was executed is pictured
Detectives believe the sharpshooter was hired by an underworld figure who is codenamed ‘The Baker’
Charges are reportedly imminent for The Baker, the man accused of organising the killing of the 51-year-old former bikie leader.
They believe the man wanted Martin killed before he organised the hit. They are yet to release details of his identity over fears of gang retaliation.
A former SAS mercenary sharpshooter admitted to gunning down Rebels bikie boss Nick Martin at a crowded drag racing event from 300m away.
The 35-year-old man, whose name is suppressed, pleaded guilty in Perth Magistrates Court on Wednesday to the assassination on December 12.
The former bikie boss, 51, was watching drag races at Kwinana Motorplex with his family when he was shot through the torso and bled to death.
Martin (pictured) died in the arms of his wife Amanda as she tried to give him CPR. His last words were: ‘babe, I’ve been shot’
Rebels bikie Nick Martin was ridden in to Pinnaroo Cemetery in a coffin covered in pictures of $100 bills (pictured) at his extravagant bikie funeral on December 23
One of the possible shooter locations previously identified at the Perth Motorplex. A long shot would indicate a sniper, experts say
The assassin also pleaded guilty to injuring Ricky Chapman, the boyfriend of Martin’s stepdaughter, who was wounded by bullet fragments.
The ex-soldier was part of soldier of fortune outfit Shadows of Hope, which calls itself ‘the world’s most dangerous and fearless charity’.
The ex SAS trooper is yet to enter a plea on other charges including possessing a silencer, inadequately storing firearms, and drug possession.
The 35-year-old appeared via video link in his prison greens and in handcuffs and only spoke to confirm his name and to plead guilty.
Martin was assassinated in front of hundreds of onlookers including his wife Amanda and stepdaughter.
After being hit, Martin told his wife ‘babe, I’ve been shot’, as she tried to give him CPR while he died in her arms.
Police spent months on the investigation with 100 officers on the job, while the WA Government offered a $1 million reward to anyone who had information on the shooter.
A $1 million reward was offered for information leading to the arrest of the shooter who killed Nick Martin, 51, (pictured with wife Amanda)
His death also sparked a crackdown on bikies by police who conducted raids and ended up charging more than 100 people.
Martin’s funeral was held on December 23 with 200 police officers keeping a watchful eye on the proceedings.
A police sniper also watched on from a helicopter as the patched gang members headed south to say their final farewells.
Martin’s coffin was covered in pictures of $100 bills and Bob Dylan’s All Along the Watchtower played as bikies took turns to walk up and touch it as it was brought in under a marquee for the service.
The ex soldier worked for Shadows of Hope, which works in war zones around the world both in combat and delivering aid and medicine for both sides.
Last year, the organisation shared a post online paying tribute to the soldier for his service in Iraq, describing him as their ‘resident thrill-seeker and heartbreaker’.
‘When the way to save lives is illegal or cast in the shadow of bureaucracy, it takes unorthodox attributes and attitudes to get the job done,’ the group wrote.