War­rant is­sued for pres­i­dent of bikie gang

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

PROSER­PINE mag­is­trate Haydn St­jern­qvist has is­sued a war­rant for the pres­i­dent of a New South Wales chapter of the Ban­di­dos out­law mo­tor­cy­cle club.

Cameron James O’Neill was sched­uled to ap­pear in the Proser­pine Mag­is­trate’s Court on Mon­day to an­swer a charge un­der Queens­land’s new bike gang laws of en­ter­ing and re­main­ing in a li­censed premises while wear­ing or car­ry­ing a pro­hib­ited item.

The court heard through his so­lic­i­tors that O’Neill had asked for the mat­ter to be dealt with in his ab­sence.

Mr St­jern­qvist con­se­quently asked to hear the facts.

Po­lice pros­e­cu­tor El­iz­a­beth Cas­sells said O’Neill was ap­pre­hended by Whit­sun­day de­tec­tives and uni­formed of­fi­cers on Hamil­ton Is­land’s One Tree Hill at 12.30pm on Novem­ber 14.

Dur­ing a search, po­lice found two Ban­di­dos busi­ness cards in O’Neill’s wal­let and three TCB or “Tak­ing Care of Busi­ness” patches in his suit­case.

He al­legedly told po­lice he for­got he had the items with him.

Ms Cas­sells said One Tree Hill was a des­ig­nated li­censed premises, within the con­fines of Hamil­ton Is­land’s liquor li­cence and these items were pro­hib­ited.

On check­ing O’Neill’s records, Mr St­jern­qvist found ev­i­dence of past crim­i­nal his­tory which gave him the right to ex­er­cise his dis­cre­tion not to hear the mat­ter ‘ex-parte’.

He asked the clerk of the court to in­form O’Neill’s so­lic­i­tors that his per­sonal ap­pear­ance would be re­quired on Fe­bru­ary 24, with a war­rant to lie on file un­til then.

When the call was placed, O’Neill’s so­lic­i­tor, Mr Sum­mers, in­di­cated that his client had no in­ten­tion of trav­el­ling to Queens­land.

The war­rant was there­fore re­leased.

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