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March 22, 2013

Former member details beating by biker gang

SALEM — Five months after his right hand and wrist were shattered by a ball-peen hammer, the former Red Devil is still wearing a cast and bandages, visible as he raised that hand to swear an oath in court yesterday.

The alleged victim, 56, who until two weeks ago lived in a Revere bungalow, took the stand to testify against his former associates in the Red Devils and Hells Angels motorcycle clubs, describing how he was “put out bad” by the gang in brutal confrontation inside its “clubhouse” in a Byfield strip mall last October.

He said the confrontation occurred after he failed to beat up a former member who showed up at a party last September.

The victim did more than testify, however; he wore a recording device that captured audio and video of one of those former associates, Marc Eliason, 35, of Danvers.

Eliason’s attorney didn’t even try to convince Judge John Lu to release him on bail, joining a second suspect, Sean Barr, 48, of Lynn, in waiving his right to a hearing on the request by prosecutors to hold them and four others without bail.

After a hearing where Lu was shown the surveillance video, he ordered three of the other suspects: George Brown, 49, of Salem; Brian Weymouth, 41, of Danvers; and Robert Defronzo, 45, of Saugus, held without bail. One defendant, Nikolas Avelis, 54, of Gloucester, said to be the president of the Red Devils, will be allowed to be released on the condition that he post $5,000 bail and remain confined to his home, monitored by an electronic ankle bracelet.

All six have pleaded not guilty to charges of kidnapping, mayhem and extortion, the charges stemming from a series of incidents that led to the brutal attack inside Byfield “clubhouse.”

Under questioning by prosecutor A.J. Camelio, the former Red Devil, a burly man sporting tattoos, a goatee beard and black-rimmed, yellow-tinted eyeglasses, described how a former Hell’s Angels member showed up at a Sweet 16 party for his girlfriend’s daughter.

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