Notorious bikie Shane Bowden was infected with COVID-19 and allegedly flew from coronavirus hotspot Melbourne to Queensland
A notorious bikie who travelled from Victoria to Queensland while infected with COVID-19 was fleeing for his life, his girlfriend says.
Shane Bowden, a former member of the Mongols and Finks gangs, is accused of flying into Brisbane from coronavirus stricken Victoria on Monday morning in breach of strict border restrictions.
The 48-year-old knew he was COVID-positive when boarding the flight, and has now forced 84 other people on the flight into self-isolation.
The mother of Bowden's teenage son and his on-again, off-again girlfriend Trudi McPhee told Herald Sun he was desperate to leave Melbourne and was concerned he was being 'watched' while in hospital receiving treatment for COVID-19.
Bowden was only released from a five-year prison stint two months ago, and within 15 days was the victim of a drive-by shooting.
He was in Royal Melbourne Hospital recovering from a gunshot to his leg when he was first diagnosed with COVID-19, and was still being treated for the virus 72 hours before he boarded the flight.
'He is a pretty wild man, he was already wanted by Queensland police he had told me,' Ms McPhee said.
'He didn't want to be in Victoria anymore.'
Bowden was a member of the Finks bikie cub when he shot Melbourne bikie Christopher Wayne Hudson
The last time Victoria recorded fewer than 70 infections in the space of a day was on July 3
Ms McPhee said she thinks Bowden 'needs help' after he began consumed with the theory that people were watching him while he was recovering in hospital.
'He checked out of hospital because he was very scared, he was worried people were watching him all the time... He is obviously not thinking properly,' she said.
Ms McPhee last heard from Bowden three days ago, when he was still an inpatient.
He made it clear that he wanted to head to the Gold Coast, but Ms McPhee said she had no clue just how quickly he would leave.
An urgent alert has been issued for those on board Bowden's flight, Jetstar's JQ560 from Melbourne to Brisbane, while it emerged Victoria Police tried in vain to track him down after he tested positive for the virus 'some time ago'.
He was under police guard in quarantine, Queensland Deputy Commissioner Steve Gollschewski said.
But the Herald Sun reported he was taken from quarantine to a Gold Coast hospital on Tuesday after his leg became infected.
Travellers are temperature tested by health officials after arriving on a Qantas flight from Melbourne to Sydney on July 7
Motorists are stopped at a checkpoint at Coolangatta on the Queensland- New South Wales border earlier this month
'This male person is well known to us,' Mr Gollschewski told reporters on Tuesday, adding Bowden is accused of lying on his border declaration pass.
Authorities in the Sunshine State are investigating to see whether the man has committed an offence, Queensland Deputy Premier Steven Miles said.
Bowden spent seven years in prison for the shooting of another Melbourne bikie in 2006, and was said to be part of the Fink's 'Terror Team'.
He temporarily joined the Mongols but was recently booted from the club, Ms McPhee revealed.
'He lived for the Mongols, whatever happened, why he got kicked out — it is not my business. But, when things like this keep happening it is my opinion it is time to hang up your boots and find something else to do,' she said.
When he was released from jail in June, Bowden was 'happy' to be free and vowed to stay on the right side of the law, she added.
Bowden was picked up in a limousine after a five-year prison stint for a violent home invasion
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