A bash-on-sight order doesn’t need much explanation. It does what it says on the tin. If your bikie club nominates a target and you happen to see that person then you are compelled to bash them. After observing outlaw motorcycle gangs for more than 20 years there’s little doubt in my mind that Dayne Brajkovich has been the subject of such an order since January 16, 2022. That was the day he was kicked out of the Hells Angels. The reason was pretty sound — he beat up his chapter president. That’s more than enough to warrant a bash order. The one-time professional fighter then did something that his one-time outlaw brothers would have found even more inflammatory than the original crime. He bragged about it. “Not many get kicked out of the Hells Angels and walk away with their four bikes and $400k worth of jewellery,” is how he described the aftermath of his excommunication from the gang. The nuance would have been lost on most readers. The motorcycle a bikie rides is not his; it’s the property of the club. When you leave the gang, the bike stays. That happens even when someone leaves “on good standing”. When you depart on bad standing, as Brajkovich most certainly did, you you can expect to lose your bike and get fined. That didn’t happen and he told the world about it. The regular world didn’t understand the subtext but the underworld did: the Hells Angels are wimps. This wasn’t just poking the bear; it was poking the bear while making fun of the bear’s mum. I have never heard of a bikie publicly trash-talking his former club this way. Cops, gangsters, bikies and underworld lawyers were astounded by the audacity. The only thing that was surprising about Friday night’s attack at Kings Park was the fact it took almost a year to happen. News of Brajkovich’s disrespectful interview in The West Australian in June of this year would have quickly reached the Hells Angels’ international headquarters in Oakland, California. I suspect the directive issued from inside the club’s mother chapter (as the founding clubhouse is known) was simple: kill him. An assassination is no small thing to organise, especially when you need to fly in the killer from overseas (which is how the biggest outlaw bikie gang in the world does its wet work) so an immediate solution was required. That would have been the bash order. Brajkovich is pretty hard to miss so members of the Perth chapter of the Hells Angels were obviously not looking too hard for him. Who could blame them for pretending not to see a bash-on-sight target when the target is as big as Brajkovich. And a Muay Thai expert, to boot. The question for detectives and the Kings Park attackers is whether Australia’s most violent gold jewellery collector will go searching for revenge? And if he does, will his method of dispensing justice be limited to his fists? The men who stabbed him may well have brought a knife to what is now a gunfight.