Man refused bail over
allegations he planned to sell
stolen explosives to bikie gang
23-year-old man has been refused
bail after appearing in court over
allegations he took 100 kilograms of
explosive material in Western
Australia from a mine site and
planned to sell it to a bikie gang.
Preece was arrested in Northam in
the Wheatbelt, when police allege
they found the explosive material in
the car he was driving.
told the Perth Magistrates Court
that after being sacked from the
Higginsville mine site near
Kambalda, Preece arranged with
another employee to take the
It was alleged he
then planned to sell the explosives
to what police described as an
"outlaw motorcycle gang".
Preece is facing a
number of charges including
receiving and possessing explosives
in suspicious circumstances.
partner Sarah Murphy also faced
court over the seizure.
She was arrested
with him in the car, and police told
the court she was aware of the
alleged plan and had gone with
Preece to pick up the explosives.
Murphy was granted
bail, with Magistrate Richard Bayly
saying it appeared Preece's alleged
culpability was "far greater" than
"On the face of it
she's an accomplice rather than the
prime mover," he said.
Murphy is subject
to a number of bail conditions
including that she abide by curfew
and that she not contact Preece.
Mr Bayly refused
to grant bail to Preece, saying the
charges were very serious and there
was a risk he may flee WA to go back
to his home in New Zealand.