A Comanchero bikie gang associate shot dead by police outside an ex-girlfriend’s house has been laid to rest in a golden coffin.
Liam Scorsese – who adopted the last name because of its Hollywood qualities – was buried by close family and friends at a Gold Coast cemetery on Monday.
Scorsese, 31, was gunned down by junior officers in Brisbane’s east about 9.50am on Sunday, February 25 after a confrontation with cops.
He had allegedly threatened the officers with a knife and yelled ‘shoot me!’. Police said they had tried to subdue him with a Taser.
But it had failed and the cops fled down the street, with a senior officer claiming they were ‘in fear of their lives’ when they opened fire.
Scorsese’s lover, the cosmetic tattoo businesswoman Chireez Beytell, sat in the front row during Monday’s service as his casket was lowered into the ground.
Friends laid flowers and sprinkled petals over his casket.
Some of Scorsese’s mates brought their upmarket European-style motorbikes along with them to the service.
Following the service, Ms Beytell paid tribute to her lover on social media.
‘I can’t explain the pain and how broken I am to have watched you get lower(ed) into the ground,’ she said.
The service came only months after he was freed from Gatton prison after serving three months behind bars for the brutal bashing of a bus driver.
After the shooting, Scorsese’s relatives spoke out about how he had been shot dead like a ‘rabid animal’.
His grieving father, Peter Maloney, wrote a passionate open letter to the city’s Gold Coast Bulletin newspaper.
He said while his son was ‘not a saint’, he was not heartless, either.
‘My son Liam was troubled at times,’ he wrote.
‘He was at times, mentally unhinged, with extreme highs and diabolical lows.
‘For those who knew him he had the personality of a movie star.
‘He was a business man, entrepreneur and loved life to the full.’
Mr Maloney pointed out his son had paid compensation to the bus driver he assaulted.
He also described how he acted as a father-figure for a friend’s son whose father passed away.
Mr Maloney said it was ‘convenient’ for police to say their Taser had not worked.
The shooting is under investigation by Queensland Police’s Ethical Standards Command and the state coroner.