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Comanchero wins bail but can't go out without his wife
July 21, 2009 1:57PM
COMANCHERO bikie Tiago Costa has been granted bail over a fatal brawl at Sydney Airport but has to be off the streets by 8pm every night and can't leave home without a chaperone.
Costa, 30, is charged with riot and affray at the airport melee between alleged members of the Comanchero and Hells Angels gangs on March 22.
Anthony Zervas, 29, died after being bashed with a steel bollard and stabbed with scissors during the brawl in the domestic terminal.
On Tuesday, Costa was granted conditional bail by Magistrate David Armati, with strict conditions including an 8pm curfew.
Costa, who appeared in Central Local Court via video link, will reside at his father-in-law's home in Hurstville.
He is banned from associating with his co-accused and from contacting witnesses.
He is required to report to Kogarah police station but will only be allowed to leave the house if he is accompanied by one of four people including his wife and brother.
The crown successfully disputed a request to allow a fifth person, Marco Dacruz, to accompany Costa in public, because of his suspected links to the Comancheros club as a nominee or recruit.
Prosecutor Kate Nightingale asked for a condition banning Costa from speaking to anyone associated with the bikie club, but Costa's solicitor Lesly Randle argued that would be unfair because his co-accused on bail were not subject to that condition.
She told the court her client did not have a criminal record and that bail was not supposed to be a punishment.
"There has been no strife,'' she told the court.
"The council (of bikie clubs) have joined together, they've made a public statement, there's peace and harmony among the clubs.''
Costa is due back in the same court on August 25.