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Alleged bikie charged over YouTuber firebombing

The home of Jordan Shanks-Markovina, also known as Friendlyjordies, was targeted in 2022.

The home of Jordan Shanks-Markovina, also known as Friendlyjordies, was targeted in 2022. Photos: AAP/Twitter

A second man charged over the alleged firebombing of a YouTuber’s home is due to face court.

The 37-year-old was allegedly driving a getaway vehicle used in the attack on the home of Jordan Shanks-Markovina, also known as “Friendlyjordies”.

He has been charged with destroying property in company and participating in a criminal group, and will face Parramatta Local Court on Friday.

Emergency services responded to a house fire at Bondi, in Sydney’s east, in November 2022, when the property and an adjoining home were significantly damaged.

Police said the incident appeared linked to another fire reported at the property days earlier.

No one was inside at the time of the attack.

It will be alleged the man facing court on Friday is a member of an outlaw motorcycle gang, police say.

Another man, Tufi Junior Tauese-Auelua, was charged in December with two counts of destroying or damaging a property by fire and will return to court later in June.

In February, Shanks-Markovina released an audio statement on his YouTube account, saying people featured in a video he made were “once again threatening dire consequences” if the video was not taken down.

“Given these people’s colourful history we don’t consider these to be idle threats,” Shanks-Markovina said in December.

“You win, we’re taking down the video, congratulations, you run this city,” he said.

He had earlier settled a lawsuit with former NSW deputy premier John Barilaro, after the ex-politician successfully sued YouTube owner Google over videos Shanks-Markovina published wrongly accusing him of corruption.

Topics: Crime, NSW
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