Alleged bikie fined for wearing club gear to
July 08, 201512:00AM
AN ALLEGED Rebels bikie member has been fined
$2000 for wearing gang-branded clothing to the Townsville Show under
Queensland’s controversial anti-bikie laws.
Jason Michael Heang was spotted by police at the
Townsville Show on Monday afternoon wearing a Rebels T-shirt, belt and
Heang pleaded guilty yesterday in Townsville
Magistrates Court to wearing clothing or accessories that display names
or club patches of a declared criminal organisation on a licensed
Police prosecutor Senior Constable Mick Whitty said
Heang told police he didn’t realise the show was held on a licensed
premises despite signs displayed at the entrance.
“The defendant stated he did not know the showground
was a licensed premise and if he did, he wouldn’t have worn the items,”
Heang was also charged under the same legislation in
January 2014 for allegedly attending a public place with three or more
participants of a criminal organisation. He was accused of meeting with
two other alleged Rebels members at a gym in Deeragun.
The three men had their homes raided, with police
finding weapons, drugs and photographs of undercover police. Their case
will now be heard by a Brisbane magistrate after an appeal in Townsville
District Court was discontinued.
Defence barrister Scott Geeves told the court
yesterday his client had been mistaken about the showgrounds being a
“He was with his young daughter when police effected
the arrest,” he said.
“I’m told it was a traumatic experience for her.”
Heang’s daughter was collected by friends following
the arrest on Monday.
Magistrate Peter Smid fined Heang $2000, saying it was
Heang’s third similar offence. what a load of shit, ridiculous
Mr Smid also ordered forfeiture of the Rebels-branded
clothing and accessories.
The conviction follows the Labor Government announcing
a taskforce to examine the state’s anti-bikie laws.
The legislation was introduced in 2013 by the former
The laws also include banning criminal gang members
from locations such as clubhouses and banning the recruitment of new