An accused member of an outlaw motorcycle gang was wrongly arrested but sent to jail anyway after police claimed he obstructed them, a court heard.
An alleged outlaw motorcycle gang member who was wrongly arrested over a drunken brawl was jailed anyway after police alleged he obstructed them.
Alleged Bandidos member Jarrod Kevin Anthony Brown was on bail charged over a 2013 bikie brawl on the Gold Coast when he was arrested in Townsville recently.
Brown applied for bail in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on Monday.
The court heard he was wrongly arrested over a drunken brawl but “unarrested” not long after when police realised they had the wrong person.
Brown responded with what his lawyer called “a dummy spit” and was charged with obstructing police and committing public nuisance.
Under tough new anti-bikie laws, those alleged to have links to an outlaw motorcycle gang can only apply for bail in Brisbane and must show cause why they should be released.
Brown gained media attention last year when a state application to revoke his bail on a riot charge was prevented by a Supreme Court judge who took issue with public comments by the premier.
Brown’s barrister Peter Hanlon said the offences were low-level and his client would submit to strict bail conditions including a curfew.
Brisbane Chief Magistrate Tim Carmody reserved his decision until Tuesday.
Meanwhile, a Gold Coast man who allegedly claimed to be a bikie in an extortion bid sobbed as he begged the magistrate for bail.
Anthony Parry was arrested late last month and charged with extortion after allegedly claiming to be a senior Rebels gang member in a text message to another man demanding property.
He faces a mandatory jail sentence of up to 25 years under anti-bikie laws.
Parry appeared in the Brisbane Magistrates Court from prison via video link for a bail application and begged Mr Carmody to hear his side of the story.
However the magistrate advised him to seek legal advice before applying for bail because the charges were serious.
Parry cried as he told the court he had been under financial pressure and had been trying to save his business.
“I can’t stay here (in jail) any longer. It’s not fair,” he sobbed.
Mr Carmody said it was ironic that Parry had claimed to be a bikie when “most people in Queensland are trying to pretend they aren’t Rebels”.
“Unfortunately for you, by allegedly claiming to be a Rebel, you’ve put yourself in a very difficult position,” he said.
The magistrate arranged for Parry to get free legal advice and listed his bail application for Thursday.