Barmaid tells of alleged drug dealings



A FORMER barmaid who claims to have sold drugs for a member of the Rebels Motorcycle Club yesterday testified against accused drug trafficker Brendan O'Brien.

Sarah Jane Leishman told Rockhampton Supreme Court she started a relationship with club member Michael James Miller within weeks of starting work at the Rebels' Rockhampton club house in 1998.

Soon, she says, she was selling amphetamines for Miller, who allegedly brought drugs from O'Brien.

When questioned how often she would sell drugs on Miller's behalf, Leishman, who has been granted immunity from prosecution, replied: "Every day.''

O'Brien and his wife Susan Marie have pleaded not guilty to drug charges, including trafficking and possession.

Leishman told the court she worked at the Rebels' clubhouse for about three years before she fell pregnant to Miller.

Earlier the court heard a series of secretly taped conversations between Miller and the O'Briens recorded on a bugging device at the O'Brien's Parkhurst home.

In one conversation recorded in August, 2003, the O'Briens can be heard telling Miller how they hid a quarter of an ounce of cocaine down Susan Marie's pants when their car was stopped by police in Brisbane.

On another occasion Miller is heard telling the O'Briens about plans to buy property.

"I've got all the money to buy a unit but you can't just go round spending $200,000 ... where have I got money from? On paper I've got nothing,'' he said.

The court also heard police seized nearly $25,000 during a raid of the O'Brien's Parkhurst home on December 4, 2003, but did not find any drugs.

The trial resumes this morning with Leishman's evidence continuing.



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