THE Sergeant of Arms of the Airlie Beach
chapter of the Outlaws Motorcycle Club has been fined $2200
under Queensland's new bikie laws.
Zachary John Kunze was brought to the
Proserpine Magistrate's Court in police custody on Monday,
charged with possessing dangerous drugs and entering or
remaining in a licensed premises while wearing or carrying a
Duty lawyer Sherrie Meade originally applied
for an adjournment but police prosecutor Elizabeth Cassells
objected to bail.
After a short conference, Ms Meade said the
34-year-old was prepared to plead guilty to the charges.
"While he doesn't agree 100 per cent with the
[prohibited item] charge, he would prefer to finalise the matter
today," Ms Meade said.
The court then heard that at 11.40pm on March
22, police were patrolling the Airlie Beach CBD when they saw
Kunze on the footpath outside the Phoenix Bar.
Ms Cassells said he had been inside the club
and stepped out to have a cigarette. She said he rolled up his
shirt sleeve displaying an Outlaws tattoo on his right shoulder,
which drew the attention of police.
During a subsequent search, Kunze was found to
be wearing a belt saying "one per center, Outlaws MC Australia"
with a buckle which was similarly marked.
He was also in possession of an Outlaws
branded wallet containing a business card for the Airlie Beach
chapter of the club. A rectangular tab, believed to be Lysergide
or 'Acid', with an image of Popeye on one side, was found in his
Ms Meade argued Kunze had not been blatantly
displaying these items inside the club, but magistrate Haydn
Stjernqvist said he invited trouble upon himself.
Mr Stjernqvist surmised that being a member of
the motorcycle club, Kunze "wouldn't care less" about a
conviction being recorded.