All five alleged Victorian bikies who were arrested in Queensland under the state’s strict anti-bikie association laws have been granted bail.
Three Victorian men arrested for allegedly breaking Queensland’s strict anti-bikie laws by walking down a street together have been granted bail.
Hells Angels members Daniel Lovett and Darren Haley and their friend Kresimir Basic were arrested on the Gold Coast on January 4 for allegedly walking down the street with two other men police claim are Comancheros associates.
Basic, 31, is also accused of meeting the accused Comancheros, Bane Alajbegovic and Dario Halilovic, in a hotel room.
All five have been charged with being participants in a criminal organisation while knowingly present in a public place with two or more other participants under Queensland’s anti-bikie laws introduced last year.
Alajbegovic and Halilovic were granted bail last week.
The trio’s bail hearing on Wednesday heard Lovett, 30, and Haley, 33, admitted they were in the Hells Angels but Basic maintains he is not a gang member.
Basic is facing a charge of drug trafficking while Lovett was on bail charged with burglary and drug production when he was arrested, the Supreme Court in Brisbane heard.
Defence barrister Stephen Courtney said the trio has spent three weeks in solitary confinement under a Queensland prison policy for bikies.
Justice James Douglas said the Crown would have to establish that at least one of the five men arrested, other than Lovett and Haley, were participants in a criminal organisation. Prosecutor Vicki Loury conceded there were some arguable issues.
Justice Douglas granted all three bail, noting the trio otherwise would serve a significant period of a mandatory six-month sentence if they were kept in custody until trial.
“It does seem to me that there are questions raised on the evidence so far as to the strength of the case,” he added.
The men must surrender their passports, report to police and must reside in Victoria.