F the police 'Rebel' denied bail relief to go to Bali
AN alleged Rebels Motorcycle Club member who made headlines for his 'F the police' clothing line has been denied a variation to his bail conditions so he can go to Bali.
Lorne James Campbell's application for bail variation was dismissed on Friday.
In a neatly handwritten letter to the Judge, Campbell had asked for a variation in bail conditions placed on him when he fronted the court on charges 16 months ago.
He was asking for his Wednesday reporting to be dropped as it "makes it very difficult for me to be able to visit family and friends, or to play family vacations/holidays."
He asked if the judge did not see fit to grant a variation, if he could be excused from reporting on August 27 and September 3 to enable him to travel to Bali to support his partner with a new business venture and help plan their wedding.
In the letter he pointed out the charges from early 2013 had been downgraded to 'threatening'.
"As a result of the decrease in seriousness there is a corresponding decrease in my likleyhood (sic) of failing to appear.
"I have never failed to appear for court matters, and besides one minor technical breech (sic) of bail, I have never breeched (sic) bail. I have always lived up to my bail conditions.
"We have asked the court to have these matters delt (sic) with, and are yet to be given a date which is making it difficult to leave this part of my life behind me and move on."
"I do not see myself as a flight risk, and want nothing more then (sic) to have these charges delt (sic) with.
"I hope your honer (sic) can find it in your heart to grant my bail variation and help me in the process of moving on with my new family life."
Judge John Robertson dismissed the application in the Maroochydore District Court, citing a lack of supporting information.
He pointed out he had no sworn statements before the court and did not even know who his partner was.
Campbell had previously maintained he was 'not a bikie' despite allegedly having the keys to the Rebels clubhouse on him when he was arrested.
Campbell was accused of shooting up a rival tattoo parlour on Brisbane Road, Mooloolaba.
His FTP Facebook site included comments such as "You Snitch, You Die. Simple.''
Many of his posts end with OMERTA for LIFE or OMERTA is not a crime.
Omerta espouses a 'code of silence' for those involved in certain activities or groups.
Campbell was released on bail by a magistrate after she determined that police had failed to produce enough evidence to convince her he was a bikie.