Alleged bikie drug trafficker waits bail application outcome
A SUNSHINE Coast man who has been kept in solitary confinement since his arrest more than a month will have to wait another day to learn if his bid for freedom has been successful.
Paul Jeffery Lansdowne, 57, had his bail application heard on Tuesday in the Brisbane Supreme Court.
Lansdowne is one of five men dubbed the Yandina Five who were arrested and charged under the state's tough new anti-bikies laws after he was caught having a beer with his four co-accused at a Sunshine Coast hotel.
Lansdowne, along with Steven Michael Smith, 28, are the only members of the group who remain behind bars after Joshua Shane Carew, 30, was granted bail earlier in the day.
Two other men Scott Michael Conly, 36, and Dan Whale, 26, were granted bail in the Brisbane Magistrates Court late last year.
Lansdowne, Smith and Carew are facing serious drug trafficking charges for their alleged involvement in methamphetamine production and distribution in association with the Rebels Motorcycle Club between January, 2010, and July, 2013.
Lansdowne's solicitor James Godbolt told the court during the stop-start proceedings his client would not resign any perceived membership because it would imply he was a member of a declared criminal organisation in the first place.
Crown Prosecutor David Meredith told the court police evidence showed Lansdowne had given the address of the Rebels Motorcycle Clubhouse in Brisbane to the Department of Transport as his address when registering several motorcycles.
Mr Meredith also told the court the crown could not produce exact evidence where Lansdowne had admitted he was a Rebels Motorcycle Club member.
Justice John Byrne adjourned the matter and said he would deliver his judgement on Wednesday at 2.15pm.