AN alleged bikie associate has
been released from prison after his grandmother helped
convince a Queensland magistrate to grant bail.
Dan Whale, 26, was among five alleged
Rebels associates jailed this month for meeting in a
Sunshine Coast hinterland pub on November 1.
They were charged under tough new laws
that make it an offence for members of declared criminal
organisations to gather in public.
In hearings on Thursday and Friday,
Brisbane Chief Magistrate Tim Carmody knocked back three of
the men's bail applications, sternly warning that the Newman
government had zero tolerance for criminals.
He acknowledged Whale had an infant and
dependent partner, but said he would only get bail if it
could be proven he would not live or associate with any
Arrangements were made for Whale's
grandmother to explain via telephone that her grandson and
his family would live with her.
"Is that (living arrangement) alright with
you?" Magistrate Carmody asked the 72-year-old.
"It's definitely alright and I have plenty
of room for the family," she replied, adding the property
had two bedrooms and a sewing room and her health was
"pretty good for my age".
"Well you're going to have some visitors
for Christmas, I think," the magistrate said, prompting the
elderly woman to thank him profusely.
Another alleged Rebels associate Scott
Conley was also granted bail after Magistrate Carmody
decided the case against him was weak and he was a low
Steven Smith, Joshua Carew and Paul
Lansdowne were remanded in custody.
The cases of all five are set to be
mentioned in the Maroochydore Magistrates Court on January
They face a minimum of six months' and a
maximum of three years' imprisonment if found guilty of
being participants in a criminal organisation and being
knowingly present in public places with two or more people
who are participants.