Toby Mitchell this week used his massive social media platform to send a pointed message to some former bikie mates who did him wrong.
In another era, disgruntled bikes might have simply popped a bullet in the mail, or sprayed their clubhouse with them.
Standing before a group of heavies, Mitchell told his 333,000 Instagram followers – and his former Mongols mates – he wasn’t going anywhere.
Toby Mitchell continues to be a force of menace on the streets of Melbourne despite no longer being attached to any outlaw motorcycle clubs
Mitchell hit Instagram this week to pass on a message to his former Mongol brothers
Toby Mitchell often hits Instagram with celebrity babes, such as Tammy Hembrow (pictured)
Mitchell had been running the gang up until April 1, when he was unceremoniously booted.
How Mitchell lived past the early 2000s is a tribute to medical science more than anything else.
In 2011, when the then sergeant-at-arms of the Bandidos was gunned down outside of Doherty’s Gym – a popular Coburg haunt for bodybuilders – social media was at its infancy.
Facebook had just reached 8 million users and Instagram had only been launched a year earlier.
Mitchell, then aged 37, had been at the top of his fear-giving game after a brutal career as a Melbourne kickboxer.
He was hit three times in the hip and back in the botched assassination attempt.
Two shooters had taken aim at him as he left the gym – a stone’s throw from the Bandidos’ clubhouse – but Mitchell wouldn’t die.
One of the bullets had hit a passing car with children inside.
Toby Mitchell in 2005 was among the most feared kickboxers in the country
Mitchell hit Instagram in 2019 to announce he had joined The Mongols bike gang
The site where Toby Mitchell was shot six times outside Doherty’s Gym in 2011
Detective Superintendent Brett Guerin told reporters at the time the hit on Mitchell had been ‘spectacularly unsuccessful’.
‘It ended up being a chase through a public carpark with shots being fired indiscriminately.
‘In terms of professionalism, compared to some of the murders that we’ve seen in Victoria over the past five to 10 years where offenders have laid in wait obviously having done reconnaissance and shot someone in the back of the head to make sure, I wouldn’t call it professional.’
Mitchell had already been known to Melburnians with an interest in crime after he hooked up with the glamorous ex of drug lord Tony Mokbel.
Danielle McGuire, who was famously captured dragging on a smoke outside the Royal Melbourne Hospital where Mitchell was taken to, had been dating him at the time.
In the years before his first shooting, Mitchell had been linked to gangster Nik Radev, who was killed in 2003 during Melbourne’s infamous underbelly war.
Detectives had suspected Mitchell of killing Mark Mallia during the same period, but he was never charged and other men were eventually convicted of the murder.
Toby Mitchell (right) would knock his opponents out in seconds
Danielle McGuire was at the Royal Melbourne Hospital in 2011 after her then boyfriend, bikie enforcer Toby Mitchell was shot
Toby Mitchell has been linked to slain gangster Nik Radev (left) and mafia kingpin Rocco Arico
For a man that has dwelled in the circles Mitchell has for so long, he has done a remarkable job of avoiding any serious jail time.
In hindsight, jail might have been a more comfortable option for the burly bikie than life on the streets at times.
Although word had it some caged behind bars hadn’t much cared for the bikie either.
In 2013, while still recovering from the Brunswick shooting, Mitchell was shot in a second attack.
Again Mitchell believed he had been on safe ground.
He had traveled to Melton to the Bandidos-affiliated Diablos’ clubhouse unaware a hit squad had been on his tail.
Gunman from two vehicles peppered Mitchell’s car with bullets in what must have resembled an action sequence from a movie.
Out of the 30 police bullets later found at the scene, just one had clipped Mitchell in the arm.
But it was the Brunswick attempt that would blight the rest of Mitchell’s life.
The ever fashionable Toby Mitchell attends the Australian Open at Melbourne Park with a friend last year
Mitchell continues to spruik businesses on his Instagram page, which has more than 300,000 followers
He lost a kidney, his gall bladder and a section of his liver in the brazen attack, which to this day has never been solved.
What is known is that Mitchell had been involved in a dispute with Mafia crime boss Rocco Arico less than a year before he was shot.
In 2015, during a drug trial that ultimately saw Arico jailed, the court heard the crime kingpin had been fuming over a 2010 drug deal rip-off in which he lost a kilogram of cocaine worth $350,000.
Mitchell had allegedly left him with a bag filled with magazines instead of the cash.
While the trial heard Arico called in a hit on Mitchell, the former bikie has never revealed who it was that shot him.
Comanchero bikie associate Nabil Maghnie, aka ‘The Mad Lebo’, had long claimed he had been the bumbling triggerman on the botched Mitchell hit.
After Maghnie was killed in 2020, former journalist ‘Paddy’ Murphy pondered whether Maghnie might of had a death wish.
‘He demanded I report that he was a suspect in Toby Mitchell’s attempted murder. He wanted it to be known. He was proud of it,’ Murphy said at the time.
Whatever the case, Mitchell continued to cause mayhem even after quitting the Bandidos after he was shot in Melton.
His name would often pop up on court lists, usually for another petty assault on someone unfortunate enough to anger him.
By 2019 Mitchell would mount back up on his motorcycle as state president of The Mongols.
By then, Mitchell had established himself as somewhat of a parody of his former self.
When not hanging out with former AFL footballers, Mitchell would post photos of himself in designer duds and pose with various bikie babes.
He was mercilessly mocked in 2020 after a supposedly ‘homeless slob’ knocked him out during a drunken melee.
So proud of his social media success, Mitchell found himself behind bars right before Christmas last year after he alerted the police via his Instagram page that he would be tearing up the border town of Echuca with his bikie mates.
Former AFL star Jake King and Toby Mitchell on Instagram
Mitchell was charged with assault after cops reviewed CCTV from a local pub which showed him repeatedly slap a drunken pest.
Such conflicts have become a growing concern for Mitchell as his popularity among ordinary Australians continues to soar.
Unlike his younger years, Mitchell now struggles to consume large quantities of alcohol due to his damaged organs.
It was only Mitchell’s dire medical health that saved him from a stint behind bars that time.
The court heard Mitchell now required up to 27 medications a day, some twice daily.
Despite his physical injuries, Mitchell continues to remain an imposing figure within Melbourne’s seedy underbelly.
On Thursday, backed by The Mongols’ former national sergeant-at-arms Mark Balsillie and and boxer Sam ‘The Punisher’ Abdulrahim, Mitchell told the world he was not prepared to crawl under a rock and die just yet.
‘What the f**k did you think would happen,’ he told his followers, which no doubt includes more than a few worried detectives.