Alleged bikie associate denied bail after attending launch
THE Sunshine Coast has narrowly avoided being home to an alleged Rebels' associate, who is accused of sending intimidating photos to scare the mother of his two children and her partner.
Ben Adam Wilson, 29, has been refused bail after facing charges under Queensland's new anti-bikie laws for attending a clothing label shop launch at a former Rebels clubhouse south of Brisbane.
New laws give police the power to arrest anyone who steps inside premises the Government has listed as "prescribed" places.
Mr Wilson faces a mandatory six-month jail sentence if convicted.
Magistrate Tim Carmody said Mr Wilson was accused of stalking for sending death threats and intimidating photos of him with guns to his former girlfriend and her partner via Facebook and Instagram.
He said there was evidence the man had been attending meetings at the Beenleigh Rebels' chapter clubhouse since March this year with a view to becoming a member.
When police initially asked Mr Wilson if he was in a criminal motorcycle gang, he allegedly told them "Yeah, I'm everything".
But he has since disavowed that admission.
Mr Carmody said police, during a house raid, found an anonymous mask Mr Wilson wore during a protest at Parliament House about the new bikie laws.
He said Mr Wilson had posted on Facebook a photo of himself wearing the mask and flipping the bird.
Police found Rebels flags, a 1% face scarf meant to signify outlaw bikies and a Harley-Davidson motorcycle.
Although Mr Wilson's new girlfriend's parents were prepared to offer him a home and a job at their business on the Sunshine Coast, Mr Carmody said Mr Wilson had intentionally flouted the law while he was facing serious stalking charges.
He said this showed Mr Wilson failed to appreciate bail and did not obey Queensland's criminal laws.
Mr Carmody said Mr Wilson had made efforts to "hang out with Rebels" before and after the new laws that made it a crime for gang participants to associate.
"This implies the intention to maintain the links if released," he said.
Mr Carmody said Rebels gang members had proven to be involved in serious criminal activity, which presented an unacceptable risk to community safety.