Bikie sentenced over murder of Ben Gravett who intervened in drug debt collection
A Rebels bikie member who stabbed a man to death after he tried to assist a neighbour has been sentenced at least 22 years in prison.
- Ben Gravett was killed in 2016 when he intervened in a drug debt collection
- Mikel Higgins was given a non-parole sentence of 22 years for Mr Gravett’s murder
- His accomplice Jesse Hunt was sentenced to eight years in jail for manslaughter
Last year, a Supreme Court jury found Mikel George Frederick Harold Higgins, 35, guilty of the December 2016 murder of 29-year-old Ben Gravett at Christie Downs in Adelaide’s southern suburbs.
In handing down his sentence, Justice Kevin Nicholson said the bikie had little chance of rehabilitation and was of “bad character”.
Higgins and a group of associates went to a block of units to collect unpaid drug debts on December 30, 2016.
He forced himself into an upstairs apartment.
Mr Gravett heard the commotion and went upstairs to confront him.
The court heard the victim hit Higgins with a pole before fleeing.
Higgins then “ordered” his group of associates to “get the c***”.
His co-accused, Jesse Daniel James Hunt, who was 21 at the time, chased Mr Gravett and punched him to the ground.
Higgins then stabbed him 11 times in the head and neck.
Higgins was sentenced to life imprisonment with a non-parole period of 22 years.
Hunt, who the jury found guilty of manslaughter, was sentenced to eight years in jail, with a non-parole period of six-and-a-half years.
The jury acquitted a third man of all charges in October.