Court wrangles with how to apply new anti-bikie laws

Several Hells Angels associates remain in custody tonight as Queensland’s new anti-bikie laws continue to be tested in court.

The state’s Chief Magistrate Tim Carmody has reserved a decision on whether to grant the men bail.

Police allege former Brisbane Bronco Michael Spence was until recently a Hells Angels sergeant at arms.

They say he was involved in trafficking more than $2 million worth of amphetamines.

Spence was arrested yesterday during raids on properties across south-east Queensland, a number of them linked to the Hells Angels.

Today his lawyers applied for bail in the Brisbane Magistrates Court, leading to protracted legal argument over Queensland’s new laws.

They are designed to stop bail being granted to bikies.

Mr Carmody adjourned the hearing until tomorrow – ordering the prosecution to produce more evidence about its case, and that both parties make submissions on the legislation.

He also reserved decisions on several other alleged drug traffickers linked to the club, including twins Bruno and Nuno Da Silva.

Topics: Bikies
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