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Bikie link suggested in Timothy Pullen case

Zane Tray Lincoln at an earlier court appearance, is charged with killing Timothy Pullen.
Zane Tray Lincoln at an earlier court appearance, is charged with killing Timothy Pullen. APN PHOTO LIBRARY

MACKAY'S Timothy Pullen may have been "handed over" to members of an outlaw motorcycle club, claims a witness who will give evidence in the murder trial against accused killer Zane Tray Lincoln.

Lincoln's defence barrister Greg McGuire went before Mackay Magistrates Court to make an application to cross-examine three people who will be witnesses at next year's murder trial and who were associates of Mr Pullen.

Mr McGuire revealed before Magistrate Damien Dwyer that his cross-examination would focus on certain elements contained within statements given to police by three witnesses.

Courts have previously heard that Pullen, 34, who disappeared in April 2012 may have been targeted because of a $30,000 drug debt, and that a "bounty" had been put on his head.

Mr McGuire, in a prior, unsuccessful Supreme Court bail application, described the Crown case against Lincoln as being very weak.

Yesterday, Mr McGuire told Mr Dwyer that statements made by witnesses were of interest in his defence of Lincoln.

"The drug association between Mr Pullen and Mr Lincoln is important as it provides the motive," he said.

Mr McGuire said one statement included comment Mr Pullen owed drug debts to Mr Lincoln and others and at the time was "extremely worried about his life".

Mr McGuire said other evidence of interest included "an alleged confession" by Lincoln to a witness about his involvement with Mr Pullen, with the suggestion Mr Pullen was "handed over" to the Odin's (Odin's Warriors) or to the Outlaws (Outlaws Australia).

Mr McGuire said the motive would seem to be unpaid drug debts that Pullen owed to a number of people. He said he wanted to cross-examine on these conversations in the interests of pursuing justice.

Mr Dwyer said he would allow his legal cross-examination and would formalise his decision with specific detail next week.

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