Dank treating Bandidos enforcer Mitchell

Bandidos sergeant-at-arms Toby Mitchell is being treated by the man at the centre of Essendon’s supplement scandal, sports scientist Steven Dank, for injuries sustained in a shooting in 2011.

Mr Dank and South Yarra doctor Robin Willcourt have been providing rehabilitation advice to the bikie figure since he was shot in November 2011.

The links between some AFL staff and crime figures is of concern to the league because of perceived risks that such relationships bring.

Mitchell and another man were arrested in dramatic scenes near the South Melbourne Market on Thursday, after an alleged assault in nearby Clarendon Street. He was taken to St Kilda Police Station where he was later released pending further inquiries.

But sources aware of Dr Willcourt and Mr Dank’s treatment of Mitchell have said it is professional and involved prescriptions.

“Those guys treat a lot of people, including lawyers, teachers and others. Mitchell is treated like any other patient,” the source said.

It is understood Mitchell was prescribed steroids by Dr Willcourt to aid his recovery.

Mitchell nearly died after he was shot five times outside Doherty’s Gym in Brunswick in November 2011. He was on life support for weeks and lost a kidney and part of his liver.

It was one of two attempts on Mitchell’s life in the past two years, including one in March when he and other Bandidos were ambushed outside the affiliated Diablos gang’s Melton clubhouse. Mitchell was shot in the right bicep, while a second Bandido suffered minor wounds.

Soon after the most recent assassination attempt, Victoria Police circulated an email around the force saying that the Bandidos had “declared war” on the powerful Hells Angels.

Last year, Mitchell was separately been linked by police to an illegal steroid trafficking ring involving a doctor in Melbourne’s north.

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