Queensland bikies convicted of breaching
anti-gang laws after they walked to a car
Three bikies have
been convicted for walking to a car parked on the side of a Brisbane
road, under Queensland laws that ban gang members congregating in
- Three bikies fined
$750, given two-month suspended jail sentence for
breaching anti-gang laws
- Magistrate John
Costello said each of the men had "a criminal history
that speaks for itself"
- Their lawyer
criticised Queensland police for targeting them
Two of the men were fined $750 and
another given a two-month suspended jail sentence in the Magistrates
Court in Brisbane, after pleading guilty to the offence from
The trio were convicted under the
anti-bikie VLAD laws, brought in under the former LNP Government,
which prohibit three or more members of a "criminal organisation"
gathering in public.
The law will cease to exist by
December 2018, after Labor scrapped it
in favour of new legislation to target gang
members who recruit others.
Magistrate John Costello said each
of the men had "a criminal history that speaks for itself" but said
a custodial sentence was the last resort in this instance.
It meant the Mongols members —
Phillip Bruce Main, Tyrone Wilton Norman Poole and Victor John
Wolfram — were able to walk free from court.
Police should investigate serious
crime instead, lawyer says
Their lawyer, Mark Gatenby,
criticised Queensland police for targeting his clients when they had
travelled "about a metre-and-a-half" in public.
"They went to go to the
airport, and in crossing the footpath to hop into the car they
committed an offence," he said.
"I think the people of Queensland
would much prefer that really serious crime is being investigated
rather than three blokes."
Mr Gatenby said the group
mistakenly believed the VLAD laws had been repealed when they
committed the offence.
Investigators dropped charges
against Main of wearing outlaw gang colours or paraphernalia, with
police initially claiming he had worn a diamond "1 per cent" ring
and a Mongols vest in public.
Wolfram continues to reside in
Queensland, but Main and Poole have now moved to Victoria.
"I think they just enjoy riding
their motorcycles without the dramas of this occurring," Mr Gatenby
Main, Poole and Wolfram chatted
and laughed loudly in the court complex before the sentencing, but
made sure to leave separately and keep their distance from each
other once outside to avoid breaching the laws again.