Librarian and accused bikie Sally
Louise Kuether freed on bail
Sally Kuether is released on
A LIBRARIAN and mum-of-three
charged under Queensland's anti-bikie laws has been
Sally Louise Kuether, 40, faces a
mandatory six-months in jail if convicted over a visit to a
Dayboro pub with partner Phillip "Crow" Frederick Palmer,
57, a patched member of the Life and Death motorcycle club
and associate Ronald Anton Germain, 50, in December.
Ms Kuether was escorted from the Brisbane
Magistrates Court just before 5.30pm.
She hugged and thanked the father of her
children, Rolf Kuether, who had waited patiently for her
outside following the bail hearing.
``I'm glad to see my kids, I'm so excited,
I've never been away from my kids and I've got time now to
work on this case because it's just not acceptable,'' she
She said she was well looked after during
her stay behind bars at the Pine Rivers Watch House.
``I can't see what I've done wrong, all I
did was have a beer with my partner and my mate,'' she said.
Phillip Frederick Palmer and Sally Kuether.
``How is that wrong?
``I've never committed any crime in my
life ever before, I'm an upstanding citizen, what can I
Palmer's bid for bail was delayed until
Court 20 in the Brisbane Magistrates Court
was packed with supporters for the hearing of both bail
applications, with the results eliciting gasps and claps
from the public gallery.
Lawyer Mark Howden, for Kuether, said his
client was a mother of three children - Clayton, Angus and
Stella - who had worked as a library assistant for Brisbane
City Council at the Carina and Stones Corner libraries.
He said she was the recipient of a Lord
Mayor's Award for excellence beyond the call of duty
relating to her volunteer work during Brisbane's floods of
Two thousand bikies have
rallied opposite Queensland's Supreme Court
to protest gang crackdowns.
The court was told Kuether helped to load
volunteers onto buses to clean houses and properties once
the waters subsided.
She met Palmer in February, 2013 and
claimed that although she knew he was a member of a
motorcycle gang, she never sought to be one, never attended
a meeting and could not have been a member because women
were not allowed.
Mr Nunan rejected the submissions of Crown
prosecutor Brendan Campbell, who opposed bail on the basis
Kuether was at risk of committing further offences and a
danger to the public.
"She's in a show cause situation but
there's no risk she is likely to commit further offences or
endanger anyone," Mr Nunan said.
Lawyer James Wallace, for Germain, argued
his client had no criminal history except for a low-range
drink driving charge in 1986.
He said Germain had served in the Army for
22 years and in Queensland Corrective Services as a prison
officer for 15 years before retiring recently on medical
Phillip Frederick Palmer and Sally Kuether.
He said Germain was a father figure for
his partner's two boys who paid a mortgage on his property.
The court heard Germain and Kuether had
not realised they would be breaking the law when they met at
the pub because it was their understanding a criminal
organisation was defined by three members.
Under the Newman Government's anti-bikie
laws, the definition of a participant in a criminal gang
includes anyone who by their words, conduct or in any other
way associates with the organisation.
The laws further stipulate anyone alleged
to be a participant in a crime gang must "show cause" when
applying for bail release.
Both will reappear in the Pine Rivers
Magistrates Court in February.
Ms Kuether's former partner, an emotional
Rolf Kuether, said justice had been "well served".
Ronald Anton Germain, Life and Death MC
member who got bail after being arrested
under the new anti bikie laws.
"We're very happy with the outcome and I'm
pleased I can get home to my traumatised children," he said.
He said the former couple's three
children, aged 17, 13 and 11, were coping as well as they
could in the circumstances.
He fired a parting shot at the Newman
Government's laws and the bikies who sparked the crack-down.
"Campbell Newman would be better off
serving the people of Queensland by pursuing the real
criminals in this state, the former government and the
people down on the Gold Coast who started this whole sorry,
unholy mess," Mr Kuether said.
"We'll live to fight another day. I just
want to go home to my kids, our kids. Our law-abiding
Sisters Inside CEO Debbie Kilroy said Ms
Kuether still had a long journey ahead of her.
"Here we have a woman who has been
employed for 21 years, never been in trouble with the law
and has been caught up in these draconian laws," she said.
"Now we're seeing an innocent woman being
held in the watch house for more than a week and there's a
risk of her serving six months mandatory imprisonment in