Alleged former bikie charged in Qld (insert swastika here)
An alleged former bikie faces three years in jail after
being charged with habitual consorting under Queensland's new serious and
organised crime laws.
Liam Christensen, 21, appeared in Southport Magistrates
Court on Monday, where he was given strict bail conditions and ordered to
reappear on August 30.
The alleged former Bandidos bikie was charged after police
searched his Upper Coomera home on Saturday.
It's alleged Christensen continued to consort with
recognised offenders despite two previous warnings to sever ties.
Detective Acting Chief Superintendent Roger Lowe, who is
with the State Crime Command's Organised Crime Gangs group, said those issued
with warning notices needed to understand the implications of ignoring them.
The habitual consorting charge carries a potential three
years imprisonment and is intended to disrupt and prevent serious criminal
activity by deterring recognised offenders from establishing, maintaining or
expanding criminal networks, he said.
Christensen is the second Gold Coast man to be charged
with the offence since the laws were introduced in March last year.