A MACKAY man has drawn the
attention of Queensland's anti-bikie taskforce by wearing "cool"
rings linked to outlaw motorcycle gangs.
Alec Vincent Coulahan
avoided the maximum penalty for wearing the prohibited jewellery
adorned with the '1%' insignia when he faced Mackay Magistrates
Under Queensland's Vicious
Lawless Association Disestablishment Act (VLAD), Coulahan could have
been hit with a $5000 fine.
The 20-year-old appeared in the
court on Monday, pleading guilty to public nuisance on October 17, 2017
at Mackay and to wearing prohibited items in public on October 21, 2017
Prosecutor Nathaniel Gillis said
Coulahan (right) had been arrested over "other matters" and police found
the rings, which were "silver in colour, with markings in the form of
'13' and '1%'".
"Police have conducted
investigations into these items and liaised with officers from Taskforce
Maxima," Mr Gillis said.
The prosecutor said the markings
'13' and '1%' "signify an outlaw status" and were linked to "outlaw
criminal motorcycle gangs".
Mr Gillis said the Mackay
Tactical Crime Squad searched Coulahan's home on January 23, after
suspicions were raised.
Coulahan was not at home, but
his mother told police "she knew he was associating with a male who she
believed was a member of the Outlaws criminal motorcycle gang".
Police searched a gym bag in the
back of a car and found the two rings belonging to Coulahan, who
initially said he "found the rings and kept them".
Coulahan admitted to police he
knew what the rings' insignia referred to and he received a warning for
Mr Gillis said the public
nuisance offence involved Coulahan instigating a fight with a man during
a night out in Mackay city centre.
In defence of Coulahan, defence
barrister Phillip Moore said his client, who had no relevant criminal
history, spotted the rings online and bought them as he "thought it was
Mr Moore added alcohol had
played some part in the public nuisance offence and he said Coulahan
"generally keeps out of trouble".
In his sentencing remarks, Mr
Dwyer said Coulahan entered an early plea, but it was the second time he
had been "violent near licensed premises" in recent times.
Coulahan was fined $1500 and
banned from entering Mackay Safe Night Precinct until June 18. No
convictions were recorded.