Al­leged Rebel fined for wear­ing gang’s brand

COURT REV OVER BIKE CLUB GEAR

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - CHRISTIE AN­DER­SON christie. an­der­son@ news. com. au

AN AL­LEGED Rebels bikie mem­ber has been fined $ 2000 for wear­ing gang- branded cloth­ing to the Townsville Show un­der Queens­land’s con­tro­ver­sial anti- bikie laws.

Jason Michael Heang was spot­ted by po­lice at the Townsville Show on Mon­day af­ter­noon wear­ing a Rebels T- shirt, belt and rings.

Heang pleaded guilty yesterday in Townsville Mag­is­trates Court to wear­ing cloth­ing or ac­ces­sories that dis­play names or club patches of a de­clared crim­i­nal or­gan­i­sa­tion on a li­censed premises.

Po­lice pros­e­cu­tor Se­nior Con­sta­ble Mick Whitty said Heang told po­lice he didn’t re­alise the show was held on a li­censed premises de­spite signs dis­played at the en­trance.

“The de­fen­dant stated he did not know the show­ground was a li­censed premise and if he did, he wouldn’t have worn the items,” he said.

Heang was also charged un­der the same leg­is­la­tion in Jan­uary 2014 for al­legedly at­tend­ing a public place with three or more par­tic­i­pants of a crim­i­nal or­gan­i­sa­tion. He was ac­cused of meet­ing with two other al­leged Rebels mem­bers at a gym in Deer­a­gun.

The three men had their homes raided, with po­lice find­ing weapons, drugs and pho­to­graphs of un­der­cover po­lice. Their case will now be heard by a Bris­bane mag­is­trate af­ter an ap­peal in Townsville Dis­trict Court was dis­con­tin­ued.

De­fence bar­ris­ter Scott Geeves told the court yesterday his client had been mis­taken about the show­grounds be­ing a li­censed venue.

“He was with his young daugh­ter when po­lice ef­fected the ar­rest,” he said.

“I’m told it was a trau­matic ex­pe­ri­ence for her.”

Heang’s daugh­ter was col­lected by friends fol­low­ing the ar­rest on Mon­day.

Mag­is­trate Smid fined $ 2000, say­ing Heang’s third of­fence.

Mr Smid also or­dered for­fei­ture of the Rebels- branded cloth­ing and ac­ces­sories.

The con­vic­tion fol­lows the La­bor Gov­ern­ment an­nounc­ing a task­force to ex­am­ine the state’s anti- bikie laws.

The leg­is­la­tion was in­tro­duced in 2013 by the for­mer New­man gov­ern­ment.

The laws also in­clude ban­ning crim­i­nal gang mem­bers from lo­ca­tions such as club­houses and ban­ning the re­cruit­ment of new mem­bers.

The de­fen­dant stated he did not

know the show­ground was a

li­censed premise

Peter Heang it was sim­i­lar

PO­LICE PROS­E­CU­TOR SE­NIOR

CON­STA­BLE MICK WHITTY WRONG PLACE: Jason Michael Heang leaves court af­ter be­ing slapped with a $ 2000 fine.

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