Alleged Mongols bikie vows to fight charges laid
under Queensland's new serious and organised crime laws
An alleged bikie who is the
first to be charged under Queensland's new serious and organised crime laws
says he will fight the charges.
Phillip Bruce Main, 44, was arrested by
detectives from Taskforce Maxima while driving in Hamilton on Brisbane's
Police alleged Main was wearing two large
gold rings — a diamond 1 per cent ring and another with a Mongols outlaw
motorcycle gang (OMCG) motif.
The 44-year-old was charged with wearing
OMCG colours or paraphernalia, which are prohibited from being worn in
under new crime laws introduced last month.
Main appeared in Brisbane's Magistrates
Court this morning, where the matter was adjourned until February.
Outside court, his lawyer Michael Gatenby
said his client intended to fight the charges.
"Very keen to resolve the matter by way of
a trial, that is if the prosecution decides to continue with a charge," Mr
"It's an offence to wear a ring in a
public place, he's not wearing it in a public place until such time as
directed to get out of the vehicle.
"On one view of it it's quite improper
that police direct people to get out of a car and then charge them for being
in a public place.
"One has to wonder whether the public
purse is being sensibly expended prosecuting this man for wearing a ring in