Man spends night in jail after being accused of bikie ties

A MINER found with a baton in his car at Blackwater was held in custody on Thursday night at the Rockhampton watchhouse because police believed he had ties with bikies, according to his lawyer.

Rather than order Shannon Michael Cummings to attend court, police took him into custody and drove him two hours to the watch house.

The maximum punishment for having a restricted item is a $1000 fine.

Cummings spent the night in the watch house before appearing before Magistrate Cameron Press yesterday morning.

After pleading guilty to having the extendable baton, similar to those used by police officers, the grey-haired Cummings sat quietly with his head bowed and hands clasped in his lap as his lawyer urged Magistrate Press not to punish him any further.

Cummings' lawyer, who rang in from Brisbane, said police arrested Cummings as they believed he had to be arrested because he was thought to be associated with bikies.

He said taking into account Cummings' stay in the watch house, he should not be fined.

Cummings told police he had the baton for 30 years and kept it in his Mitsubishi Colt for his safety.

His lawyer said Cummings owned the baton from his days as a security guard.

He said for the past 10 years, Cummings had worked in the mining industry.

Magistrate Press ordered that the baton be forfeited and recorded a conviction, but did not order Cummings pay a fine.

"It should not have happened, it should not have occurred," Magistrate Press said.



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