Rebels bikie facing drug trafficking charges granted bail
A SUNSHINE Coast bikie who has been kept in solitary confinement since his arrest more than a month has had his bid for freedom granted.
Paul Jeffery Lansdowne, 57, was granted bail on Wednesday in the Brisbane Supreme Court after a week of stop/start legal proceedings.
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's solicitor James Godbolt successfully argued 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 and could affect his freedom for years to come.
Steven Michael Smith, 28, is the only member of the group who remains behind bars after alleged Rebels associate and drug trafficker Joshua Shane Carew, 30, was granted bail earlier in the week.
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.