‘Prime mover’ in gun-running scheme incarcerated

The”prime moving company”of an interstate gun-running plan has been incarcerated, however at least 60 of the firearms he trafficked are still flowing in the criminal underground. Southeast Queensland man Wayne John Yanko “devised the scheme” in 2016 to legally get hand guns from shops with the intention of selling them on the criminal underground market, a Brisbane court listened to on Thursday.

Yanko was disqualified to obtain a gun dealership licence which Judge Katherine McGinness defines as “the necessary heart of the plan”.


That was because of his criminal history including major drug angering for which he served extensive regards to jail time more than 15 years ago.

He advised an old good friend Trevor Manuel and also his bro Gregory Manuel to take part in the system.

The trio used the business Wyworrie Holdings set up by Trevor Manuel in Western Australia to resource 109 guns throughout purchasing expeditions in Brisbane over two weeks from February 27, 2017.

The men likewise supposedly purchased weapons from a Sydney weapon shop, however that was not the subject of the charges Yanko has faced before the Brisbane District Court.

Yanko likely had networks for the supply of the guns, was the “first prime mover” of the operation as well as “devised the plan”, Judge Katherine McGinness stated on Thursday.

His annoying was more major than Trevor Manuel who formerly pleaded guilty in WA, yet not significantly so.

“You each had something to contribute to the system once you instigated it,” she informed Yanko throughout sentencing.

“You were all associated with various ways and your usual intent was to all benefit financially.”

The Manuel bros “actively took part in the system and did play an integral function mostly for their very own benefit”, Judge McGinness included.

The test was shown messages intercepted by authorities in which Yanko as well as Gregory Manuel tell Trevor Manuel to “get relocating” in acquiring the dealer permit.

When they finally got the licence in February 2017, the trio prepared a “wishlist” of handguns.

“The ideal ones to obtain and very easy to sell is the Glock– I think Australian made, also the duplicates. Believe me mate, also the knockoffs are excellent,” Yanko composed.

“I’ve seen a few, and they’re okay. All of it depends upon the price … the amount, that is. I assume obtain 50 or two together … we will certainly soon recognize what is what, and also what is not.”

The court listened to Yanko had a disadvantaged childhood years, however was tireless as well as had significant assistance from family members, neighbours as well as friends.

He “disjointed his entire life”, transferring to the Gold Coast hinterland to stay clear of the escalation of displeasure with a hooligan motorcycle gang in WA after being convicted of weapon possession in 2013, defence barrister Andrew Hoare claimed.

Of the 109 weapons the males acquired in Queensland, authorities obstructed the shipment of 44 and recuperated some.

60 continue to be unaccounted for and also are believed to be flowing in the criminal underground.

“They stay an enduring threat to public safety and security,” Judge McGinness stated.

Queensland’s Detective Senior Sergeant Tony Parson who led regional detectives claims guns are trafficked through criminal organisations and will be used corruptly and as trading as well as intimidation tools

“The firearms are of no benefit remaining in the area as they go to the minute,” he informed AAP outside court.

“They will only generate damage as well as ill-will in the direction of the general area as well as it’s in everybody’s best interest the weapons are surrendered as well as the police acquire them.”

He stated the gun-running procedure was “well prepared” as well as the group well established, complimenting the efforts of WA and also Queensland police and assist from legit gun shop owners.

Court McGinness sentenced Yanko to eight-and-a-half years behind bars, getting him to offer a non-parole period of 6 years.

He is the initial person in Australia to encounter test on fees of cross-border disposal and also purchase of weapons.

Gregory Manuel has averted Australian authorities by relocating to Russia.

© AAP 2021