Decision expected today on fate of ‘Rebel’ drinkers
QUEENSLAND'S chief magistrate has refused bail for one of the alleged Sunshine Coast Rebels caught having a beer with other alleged bikies at the Yandina Hotel.
Tim Carmody will hand down his decision on the four others this morning.
Paul Jeffery Lansdowne, 57, did not provide any information to the Brisbane Magistrates Court disputing he was a Rebels member, although his barrister suggested a separate trafficking case against his client was weak.
Mr Carmody said he would publish written reasons for refusing Mr Lansdowne's bail but did not elaborate during the brief court hearing yesterday.
Mr Lansdowne was allegedly associating illegally with Steven Michael Smith, 28, his brother Scott Michael Conly, 36, their brother-in-law Joshua Shane Carew, 30, and long-time friend Dan Whale, 26, when captured on CCTV.
New Vicious Lawless Association Disestablishment laws prohibit members of criminal gangs from associating in groups of three or more in public places.
If the charge is proven, each man faces a mandatory six months in jail.
During bail hearings on Wednesday, the court heard the Yandina Hotel was known to police as a venue where Rebels members associated with each other.
Mr Carmody said the five alleged Rebels must have been living under a rock not to know it was illegal under the new laws for them to associate with each other.
"It seems to me it's really stupid or it's thumbing its nose at clear prohibitions," he said.