Nose biter at risk of ‘reprisal attack’

A Sydney man accused of biting off part of a former bikie’s nose is at risk of a revenge attack because his victim may still have connections to the Hells Angels, a court has been told.


Peter Zervas was savagely assaulted outside his Leichhardt unit block in Sydney’s inner west on Tuesday afternoon after answering an intercom call.

The 37-year-old managed to salvage the tip of his nose and it has since been reattached by surgeons.

The man who allegedly inflicted the injury, Nicholas Harafias, was arrested near his Hurlstone Park home on Thursday.

He appeared before Burwood Local Court on Friday charged with affray and causing grievous bodily harm with intent.

His application for bail was refused, with the prosecution arguing the 28-year-old could return to Mr Zervas’s home or workplace to “finish the assault”.

But in documents tendered to the court, police also said Harafias himself would be at risk if released because Mr Zervas may still have strong connections with the Hells Angels.

“The prosecution have serious fears of a reprisal attack on the accused due to the recent and possibly current active senior involvement of the victim with the outlaw motorcycle gang Hells Angels,” the papers said.

Prosecutors did not elaborate on what the violent confrontation was over but the court heard Harafias told police “he deserved it”.

It was told Mr Zervas had declined to press charges or give a statement to police.

Wearing a black T-shirt, Harafias sat expressionless in the dock, with his legal team submitting that if bailed he could live with his mother in Hurlstone Park, abide by a strict curfew and not approach Mr Zervas.

But Magistrate Margaret Quinn agreed with the prosecution that the measures were not enough to alleviate the risk Harafias posed to both the community and Mr Zervas.

“They would not be sufficient, in my view, to mitigate those risks,” she said.

Ms Quinn noted that even though Mr Zervas had not co-operated with police, the evidence against Harafias was strong.

The court heard the self-employed gym instructor had been captured on CCTV arriving at the Leichhardt residence and leaving covered in blood.

A search of Harafias’s home found bloodied clothing, and mobile phone data that allegedly incriminated him.

Mr Zervas’ brother, Anthony Zervas, was bashed to death when the Hells Angels and Comancheros clashed at Sydney’s domestic airport in 2009.

Days after the killing, Peter Zervas was shot six times outside his mother’s home in Sydney’s west.

Harafias will return to court on Monday.