Lorne James Campbell.
Lorne James Campbell. Seven Local News

Alleged bikie freed again

AN ALLEGED member of the Rebels motorcycle gang, whose release on bail last week made headlines, has walked out of court again.

Lorne James Campbell, 33, was in and out of Maroochydore Magistrates Court within an hour yesterday after pleading guilty to breach of bail.

He was fined $300 and the operational period of his controversial bail was extended for a month, which will take him up to his next scheduled appearance on November 29.

Magistrate Bernadette Callaghan's decision to release Mr Campbell on bail last week despite the State Government's tough new bikie laws came under heavy scrutiny.

Mr Campbell, who faces several charges relating to shots fired at a Mooloolaba tattoo parlour, fronted court last week charged with breaching bail by not residing at an agreed address.

Under new Queensland laws, bikies can be denied bail unless they convince a judge or magistrate otherwise.

Ms Callaghan released Mr Campbell on Tuesday last week, saying she was not satisfied from the evidence before her that he was a Rebels member, although it was reported that he had the keys to the gang's clubhouse at Kunda Park and drank there regularly.

Mr Campbell's appearance yesterday drew little attention.

His appearance coincided with a court matter involving the Rebels Motorcycle Club Inc.

The Liquor Licensing Commission is prosecuting the club for selling alcohol other than wine without a permit, and exposing alcohol for sale.

The offences were allegedly committed at Kunda Park on May 14.

The matter was adjourned for hearing on November 13.


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