MAGISTRATE has rejected a call to
stand aside for “perceived bias”
over a weeping witness in the Gold
Coast bikie brawl trial.
Geoff Foster today asked magistrate
Michael Quinn to remove himself from
presiding over the trial of Bandidos
bikie Peter Mauric, who has pleaded
not guilty to rioting during the
waitress Natika Birmingham - who was
working in the Aura Tapas and Lounge
Bar where the brawl erupted - broke
down in tears in the witness box
under cross-examination by Mr
Mr Quinn ordered
Mr Foster to finish his
cross-examination after she began
barrister said Mr Quinn’s comment to
a bailiff after court adjourned was
“very concerning” and he should
stand aside because of “perceived
He also raised
other concerns, including what he
said could be a perception that the
magistrate was siding with police.
Mr Quinn said his
comment to the bailiff was
“low-grade” and of “no consequence”.
He said he was
satisfied there was no bias or
“apprehended bias” and that he would
continue to preside over the trial.