Bikie freed in drug trial
A BANDIDO bikie member accused of throwing a frozen block of speed from off a Tweed Heads high-rise into the sea below during a police raid is free after a Lismore jury failed to reach a verdict at his drug trial.
A delighted Peter Mauric, 40, celebrated with hugs all round from his grinning mates after a jury foreman told District Court Judge James Black it was very unlikely that an agreement would be reached.
Judge Black, after consultation, with the Crown and defence counsel Allan Goldsworthy then discharged the jury.
Mr Mauric pleaded not guilty to the charges of supplying 9.3 grams of cocaine, 5.8 grams of MDMA and 294.9 grams of methylamphetamine (speed) at Tweed Heads on April 28, 2006.
In evidence, Mr Mauric strongly denied the drugs were his and said he did not know they had been inside his 13th floor unit at the Seascape Apartments he was renting from the wife of Black Uhlans senior member Stephen Hooker.
He had falsely accused the police of planting the amphetamines on the day of the drug raid.
“I wasn't thinking straight that day as I did not expect police to find anything,” he said in court.
“They (police) were finding things that I didn't expect to be there.”
Mr Hooker arrived during the police raid and while attempting to get inside the unit a fight erupted with the officers that ended in him being admitted to hospital with two broken ribs.
The case will be rementioned next month at Lismore District Court with the Crown to decide whether to proceed with a fresh trial.