Lone Wolf bikie refused bail

07/10/2009 NEWS: Lone Wolf bikie gang logo

AN accused Lone Wolf bikie has appeared in Maroochydore Magistrate Court


AN accused Lone Wolf bikie who police say touted himself as a “Rebels Hunter’’ has been refused bail after allegedly being found with a loaded handgun, cable ties and photos of two Rebels despised by his gang.

Benjamin Skey Black appeared in Maroochydore Magistrate Court on charges relating to possession of dangerous drugs, namely 350 methamphetamine pills, as well as a firearm, knife, ice pick, knuckledusters and cable ties.

The 34-year-old former Gold Coast resident was arrested after a car he was travelling in was intercepted by police on the Sunshine Coast.

Prosecutor Senior Sergeant David Bradley told the court Black had made admissions to being a member of the Lone Wolf gang, had the gang’s distinctive 1%er tattoos and a Lone Wolf hat.

Defence lawyer Daniel Hannay said the body markings and hat related to his previous involvement with the group, with which he was no longer associated.

Mr Hannay said his client accepted the drugs were his, but he had no knowledge of the weapons discovered in a black bag and denied telling officers he was a Lone Wolf.

He said Black maintained he was not the only person in the vehicle, there were two females, and two males previously had been in it.

In opposing an application for bail, Snr Sgt Bradley told the court the defendant had an extensive criminal history in NSW and Queensland, including possession of weapons and dangerous drugs.

He said the accused had a history of violence, including two convictions for grievous bodily harm and 10 assaults.

Black, sitting handcuffed in the dock, threw himself against the reinforced glass and began to yell at the prosecutor.

Magistrate John Hodgins said: “Stop there, I’m not going to put up with this’’.

The defendant yelled “he’s talking shit, at least tell the truth’’.

Black’s lawyer placated his client and the matter continued to be heard.

Snr Sgt Bradley said the defendant had been found with a firearm with a full magazine and “in a state of readiness’’.

He said also seized was a knife, knuckledusters, cable ties and photos of two members of the Rebels outlaw motorcycle gang.

“On his Facebook he refers to himself as a Rebels Hunter and the two (in the photos) were involved in an altercation with a Lone Wolf member at a brothel in NSW,’’ Snr Sgt Bradley said.

“He is, on his history, a violent man caught with some disturbing, powerful weapons, a large number of pills and fresh off parole.’’

Magistrate Hodgins refused bail and remanded Black in custody until May 25.