Police grilled pizza delivery guy, not outlaw, claims lawyer
- The Courier-Mail
- January 07, 2014
Solicitor Robert Butler has told The Courier-Mail CCTV footage shows accused Rebel Joshua Carew delivering a pizza to the Yandina Hotel last November in an incident which led to the arrests of the "Yandina Five".
Mr Butler said his client was delivering from Pizza Max, part owned by Mr Carew.
Members of Mr Carew's extended family, who were members of the Rebels motorcycle gang, were drinking at the hotel when the pizza was delivered.
"He simply said hello to members of his family. Now he is in jail,'' Mr Butler said.
Mr Carew said in documents tendered to Brisbane Magistrates Court that he had never owned a Harley-Davidson, ridden with a motorcycle gang, or attended club functions.
The 27 hours of CCTV footage is now critical to the case against five men, including Mr Carew, Steven Smith and Paul Lansdowne who have spent the last few weeks in jail after being refused bail.
Two more men, Dan Whale and Scott Conley, have been granted bail and all five will face a Magistrate Court hearing on March 24 and 25.
Mr Butler was yesterday preparing a letter to the Department of Public Prosecutions seeking CCTV footage.
Independent MP Peter Wellington, who attended a protest against the bikie laws outside the Maroochydore Court yesterday, said he would pressure the Newman Government to amend the laws when State Parliament resumes. Mr Wellington, who rode a Harley-Davidson to the protest, said the laws were undemocratic.
"I supported these laws only because I was given assurances they would not impact on ordinary Queenslanders,'' he said.
"But they do. They can prevent ordinary Queenslanders visiting a relative in hospital, going to a funeral or going to a wedding.''