Koby Abberton delved deep into his past during an interrogation on Monday night's episode of SAS Australia.The 42-year-old, who is one of the found
Koby Abberton delved deep into his past during an interrogation on Monday night’s episode of SAS Australia.
The 42-year-old, who is one of the founding members of the notorious Bra Boys gang, recalled how he ‘lost everything’ when he was found guilty of perverting the course of justice in 2005 following an incident involving his brother Jai.
Jai had shot dead standover man Tony Hines in 2003, but was found not guilty of murder two years later on the grounds of self-defence.
Speaking out: Koby Abberton revealed he ‘lost everything’ when he was found guilty of perverting the course of justice in 2005 following an incident involving his brother Jai
Telling his story to the directing staff, Koby began: ‘This man, Tony Hines, who was one of the Bra Boys, he believed my brother had done something to his girlfriend.
‘He thought my brother was with his girl. As it happened, they got into an altercation in a car and Tony was shot.
‘What ended up happening [was] they went and threw the body over the cliff, and drove back to my house. My brother comes back covered in blood.’
Koby explained that his brothers coming home with blood on them was a ‘regular occurrence’, so he didn’t think to ask questions at the time.
Incident: Jai had shot dead Tony Hines in 2003, but was found not guilty of murder two years later on the grounds of self-defence. Koby was found guilty of attempting to pervert the course of justice in relation to the same matter, and given a nine-month suspended sentence
‘I told him, “Go and have a shower and shut the f**k up. Ma [his grandmother Mavis] is asleep, and I don’t want you to wake her.” I woke up the next morning and didn’t see [Jai] the next day. I had nothing to do with the situation,’ he said.
Koby continued: ‘The police come in and ask me about the blood. I said, “He always comes home like that.” I didn’t know anything about the situation to give them the answers they wanted.
‘They said I knew more; I said I didn’t. I got charged with perverting the course of justice in a serious offence, which is murder.’
In 2005, Jai was found not guilty of murder on the grounds of self-defence, successfully claiming Hines was going to rape a woman and kill him.
But Koby was found guilty of attempting to pervert the course of justice in relation to the same matter, and given a nine-month suspended sentence.
‘My brother, it had come out that it was self-defence,’ Koby added. ‘In the end of the story, I was the only one who was found guilty. I didn’t do anything.
‘Due to that, $700,000 of my money I spent on lawyers fees. I lost all my properties, and I lost my sponsorship that was paying me $500,000 at that time. Back to square one. Nothing.’
Family: Koby (left) is the brother of fellow Bra Boys members Sunny (centre) and Jai (right)
He said the the situation ‘broke’ his beloved grandmother Mavis, also known as Ma, who had looked after the brothers throughout her life.
Ma died one month after Koby avoided a jail sentence.
‘After seeing all her kids and the people she took care of her whole life were not in jail, she died. She stayed alive for me. It does leave me sour. I lost everything,’ Koby added.
These days, Koby is happily married to wife Olya Nechiporenko, a Ukrainian model, psychologist and accountant whom he met in Bali.
The couple share a son, Makua, who was born in July 2015.
‘I’m not a victim. I live a simple life in Bali. I’ve got a beautiful son and wife, and I’ve never been happier,’ Koby concluded.
When asked earlier in the episode why he decided to leave Sydney for Bali, Koby said: ‘I’m terrible with authority. I don’t like police. I don’t like judges.
‘I like to live my own life – if I want to go out for a beer, and drive my motorbike to the beach with my son on my bike I will do that.
‘I live in Indonesia because there’s no fines. There’s no authority. If you’re not doing the wrong thing, they leave you alone.’
SAS Australia continues Tuesday at 7:30pm on Channel Seven
Family: These days, Koby is married to Olya Nechiporenko, a Ukrainian model, psychologist and accountant whom he met in Bali. The couple share a son, Makua, who was born in 2015