Ex-bikie’s bid for bail

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Janessa Ek­ert

AN EX-BIKIE turned Port Dou­glas gym owner fac­ing traf­fick­ing charges over an al­leged ma­jor drug ring in the Far North has taken his fight for free­dom to the Cairns Supreme Court.

But Lee Undy’s bail bid could be de­ter­mined by the speed of his case, which cur­rently sits in the Cairns Mag­is­trates Court de­layed by out­stand­ing ev­i­dence.

Po­lice al­lege that Mr Undy is a vi­o­lent crim­i­nal, who has al­ready made one threat against a wit­ness, the court heard. De­fence so­lic­i­tor Bebe Mel­lick ar­gued that pro­posed strict bail con­di­tions in­clud­ing res­i­den­tial, daily re­port­ing, cur­few and a GPS an­klet would ease any risk on re­lease.

“He is a per­son … that if granted bail is go­ing to be un­der po­lice scru­tiny,” Mr Mel­lick said. “He’s not a per­son who blends into the crowd. If he so much as even jay­walks po­lice will know.”

Mr Undy has al­ready been re­fused bail by a mag­is­trate.

Jus­tice James Henry said that while Mr Undy wasn’t in a show cause po­si­tion, the idea that the com­mu­nity had to be bur­dened by such ex­treme con­di­tions to keep an eye on him “isn’t a good sell­ing point”.

“Even the or­ders you pro­pose will al­low him free range within the lo­cal boundaries of coun­cil, which are quite large, to do his darnedest whether he is so minded to ex­act ret­ri­bu­tion,” Jus­tice Henry said.

Mr Mel­lick said Mr Undy had al­ready spent just over four months on re­mand and if the mat­ter went to trial it wouldn’t be set down un­til the sec­ond half of next year.

He said he was wait­ing for a fi­nan­cial anal­y­sis re­port as part of the po­lice case.

“It doesn’t seem too much to ask in the modern age to achieve de­liv­ery of a brief of ev­i­dence even in­volv­ing fi­nan­cial anal­y­sis,” Jus­tice Henry said.

He told Mr Mel­lick that right now he was not minded to grant Mr Undy bail.

“If time passes and it be­comes clear we’re in for an un­rea­son­ably long wait … then I may look favourable on his po­si­tion in weigh­ing up the pros and cons,” he said.

The bail ap­pli­ca­tion was ad­journed un­til mid-Novem­ber. Mr Undy’s next court men­tion is Oc­to­ber 31.

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