Xavier Castells was allegedly bashed at Williams Esplanade, Palm Cove.
Xavier Castells was allegedly bashed at Williams Esplanade, Palm Cove.

What police found after alleged beach gang bash

AN ITALIAN chef has told of the moment he was allegedly bashed by two Kewarra Beach men during a waterfront confrontation.

Daniele Antonelli, 31, told a Cairns District Court trial he confronted Emre Bulent Biyikli and Zion Malikye Concannon on Williams Esplanade last July.

Mr Antonelli and coworker Xavier Castells had driven around Palm Cove the night of July 25 2018 in search of a bicycle stolen by Biyikli, Concannon and co-accused Jacob Butler.

The two chefs from Il Forno Pizzeria found the trio on the Esplanade and Butler dashed off into the night, pursued by Mr Castells, Mr Antonelli told the court.

He was left facing Biyikli and Concannon alone.

"They looked rather aggressive, I got a fist in the face on the right side of the head," Mr Antonelli said via video link from Vietnam, through an Italian interpreter.

"They were agitated, they seemed ready to get into a fight."

He told the court he fell to the ground after being struck in the eye.

"The other two started jumping on me and kicking me; I lost my senses after that."

It is alleged Biyikli, Concannon and Butler also bashed Mr Castells before stealing Mr Antonelli's four wheel drive.

Jacob Butler
Jacob Butler

The court was shown photos of the same vehicle, burned out and dumped in sand at Taylor Point between Kewarra Beach and Trinity Beach the next day.

Biyikli and Butler have admitted they committed assault occasioning bodily harm and stole the vehicle but Mr Concannon has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

All three men admitted stealing the bike but have denied setting the car alight.

Plain Clothes Senior Constable Benjamin Burnell told the court he found the defendants at a residence on Cottlesloe Drive.

On Biyikli's phone was video allegedly of the men performing burnouts in Mr Antonelli's Ford Frontera, and a text message from the night of the alleged assault, telling the recipient "I just bashed some c*** with Jacob."

Police forensic expert Sgt Leslie Walker told the court she found traces of blood on shoes worn by Concannon and Biyikli on the night in question and also found blood stains on Concannon's shirt.

She said the blood could be historical samples if the items had not been washed.

The trial continues.

Emre Biyikli
Emre Biyikli
Zion Concannon
Zion Concannon