A male model turned-bikie-boss has been revealed as the new commander of the outlaw Comanchero bikie gang in Victoria.
Hasan Topal, who was one represented by Chadwick Models, rose as an emerging force in the motorcycle club following his alleged involvement in a strip club brawl in Fishwyk, Canberra last year.
The 28-year-old has now taken control of Comanchero following the imprisonment of former national president Mick Murray, the Herald Sun reports.
Topal has been established as the replacement commander in Comanchero’s Victoria chapter with the approval of Murray, officers from Victoria Police anti-bikie Echo Taskforce believe.
‘Our information is he has been inserted as commander in the absence of Murray,’ Detective Acting Senior Sergeant Paul Topham said.
His rise up the ranks of the bikie gang follows a flourishing modelling career.
In 2013 the chiselled Comanchero boss posed for a series of pensive shots for elite Australian modelling agency Chadwick Models.
It is unknown if Topal was booked for any high-profile modelling gigs during his stint as a Melbourne male model.
Topal also worked as a personal trainer and once ran a bespoke gym in Brunswick alongside a friend.
It was the same gym where he met his wife Samantha Rabah, who he married in February 2016.
The young bikie boss faced court last year after a brutal Comanchero-on-Comanchero fight which took place at Capital Men’s Club in Canberra.
Topal was seen on CCTV footage smashing glass into his own forehead and taking off his shirt before he punched and kicked an associate, the court heard.
Victoria Police have growing fears of a dangerous rift emerging between Comanchero members.
There are also suspicions the shooting of Comanchero Robert Ale at a Melbourne tattoo parlour in February was an attempt to settle an ‘internal issue’, the publication reports.
Ale, known as the ‘Cry Baby Comanchero’, was shot nine times during the attempted execution at Nitro Ink in Melbourne’s south-east.
It is understood an internal dispute between Victoria and New South Wales Comanchero factions may be fuelling the ongoing violence.