Two Rebels bikies fined for showing off their gang tattoos at a pool party at the Rendezvous Hotel have failed to have their convictions overturned. Jesse Copeman and Jason Pettigrove were each fined $1000 in April after they were found guilty in Perth Magistrates Court of displaying gang insignia in public. Despite both outlaws being acquitted of one of the two charges against them, they refused to take the partial court win, instead taking their legal battle to the WA Supreme Court. But their fight was short-lived, with Justice Matthew Howard refusing to grant each of the bikies leave to appeal. The decision is major win for the government’s tough anti-bikie laws and police. Both men argued an error of law had been made by Magistrate Michelle Harries when she found them each guilty of displaying gang insignia and not guilty of the other count. Barrister Zoe Gilders argued the differing verdicts meant that there was “no rational basis” for the conviction, which she said was “unsound or not supported by the evidence”. But Justice Howard found there had indeed been no miscarriage of justice and that Ms Harries had reached conclusions that were not only “irresistible” but the “only rational inferences available”. “With respect, I do not understand what the error is in the fact-finding undertaken by the learned Magistrate on the convictions,” he said. “Indeed I do not understand what other conclusion was rationally open. He did not grant each of the bikies leave to appeal their respective convictions. Copeman and Pettigrove were part of a group of 10 to 12 people celebrating the former’s 35th birthday at the Rendezvous Hotel in Scarborough on January 8, 2022, when members of the public called police. Body-worn footage of the call-out showed the group, which included now-deceased former Rebels chief Jamie Ginn, lounging around the pool topless with their bikie tattoos clearly visible. It led to a judge-alone trial the following year, which marked one of the first times the State’s controversial anti-gang legislation was tested in court. In handing down her decision in April, Ms Harries ruled that the actions of the bikies after police had arrived could not be considered an offence. Police had forced them to stand up which revealed several gang tattoos that had not been visible while they were seated. As a result, she found that the one per cent tattoo on Pettigrove’s chest was displayed publicly — but that the Rebels tattoo on his arm, while uncovered, may not have been visible to the public and therefore not an offence. In relation to Copeman, she ruled that the one per cent mark on his neck had been visible — but that the Rebels ink on his left forearm may not have been, acquitting him of the latter. And for Ginn, she found that his one per cent tattoo on his hand was visible, but that the Rebels ink on his arm also may not have been. The pair’s failed bid to appeal their convictions comes after Ginn’s family’s attempted to continue to appeal his conviction — which was ultimately thrown out by Justice Howard. Ginn was being held at the Perth Watch House awaiting a court appearance in Joondalup Magistrates Court on October 10 when he had a seizure and died. About the same time, Copeman, who earlier this year was fined for flaunting his illegal ink at a Pub northwest of Perth, tried to claim that the tattoo at the centre of the conviction was not gang-related. In that appeal, which was later dismissed, Ms Gilders argued that Magistrate Felicity Zempilas had made an error in law in finding the outlaw guilty of displaying insignia at Alkimos’ Oceans 27 Bar in July 2022, because the tattoo, which consists of the words “Rebel Power”, could not legally be found to be gang-related. She also claimed that there was no evidence that linked the term “Rebel Power” to the Rebels outlaw motorcycle club, and that the ink was actually just “a combination of two ordinary words”.