Bandido bikie bailed on carpark fight charges
A BANDIDOS motorcycle club member has been given Supreme Court bail with strict conditions including he have no contact whatsoever with members or ex members of the criminal organisation.
Justice Mullins told Toowoomba Supreme Court she was confident the conditions placed on 46-year-old Paul Van Tongeren reduced the threat he posed to public safety to an acceptable level.
Van Tongeren had been in custody since being arrested on November 6.
His charges of being drunk or disorderly on a licensed premises and affray related to a fight he was alleged to have been involved in at the carpark of the Royal Hotel on November 5.
If convicted of the affray charge, to which he intends to plead not guilty, Van Tongeren will face a minimum six-month jail term.
Defence lawyer Nathan Bouchier confirmed his client was a member of the Bandidos.
"I accept that there hasn't been, at this stage, an effective resignation from the club, the Bandidos motorcycle club," Mr Bouchier said.
He said his client had given up his employment as a truck driver to take care of his 10-year-old son.
Crown prosecutor Sarah Farnden said Van Tongeren had a 15-year association with the Bandidos which included time as a Sergeant at Arms.
She said Van Tongeren was drinking with the ex-president of the Toowoomba Bandidos on the night of the alleged offence.
"It appears to have been spurred on by the girlfriend of the ex-president of the Bandidos," Ms Farnden said
Justice Mullins said Van Tongeren noted the case against Van Tongeren's bail included the risk of re-offending by association with the Bandidos club and a risk of fleeing his next court appearance.
She noted the defendant's minor criminal history, saying he had been convicted in Toowoomba Magistrates Court in November, 2010, for drunk and disorderly conduct on a licensed premises.
His other history was traffic related.
She said for someone of his age, who was reputed to have been a member of a criminal organisation for 15 years, his history was "slight, to say the least".
In granting bail, she said Van Tongeren imposed conditions including he must report four times a week, have no contact at all with members of the Bandidos or members who had resigned since January 1 this year.
Van Tongeren's matters are next due to be heard in Toowoomba Magistrates Court on December 16.