Gladstone intercepted 10 Black Uhlans motorcycle gang members at Iveragh.
Gladstone intercepted 10 Black Uhlans motorcycle gang members at Iveragh. Contributed by Gladstone Police

Bikies granted bail as judge vents over new laws

TWO alleged bikies with former ties to the Black Uhlans have been granted bail after a judge ruled being a member of a declared criminal organisation was relevant, but not decisive when considering bail applications.

Cameron Templeton, 41, and Nathaniel Paul Nahow, 36, were charged with offences last month under the new Vicious Lawless Association Disestablishment legislation despite having handing in their colours in October.

Templeton, of Narangba, is facing two counts of extortion, four counts of stalking and one count of common assault without violence and Nahow, of Deception Bay, has been charged with one count of stalking and one count of common assault without violence.

The men's barrister Anthony Glynn told the Brisbane Supreme Court on Thursday both men had been locked up in an inhumane environment based on a perceived association.

"Much of the Crown's attack on them both is because they are former members of the Black Uhlans so therefore they must be bad people," he said.

"Both men disassociated themselves with the club in October.

"There is nothing in their history which would suggest they are in any way a flight risk."

Crown Prosecutor Dennis Kinsella told the court both men were considered flight risk due to their former association with a criminal motorcycle gang.

"Extortion is a declared offence under the new VLAD laws so Templeton is looking at additional mandatory 15 years on top of any head sentence he may receive if convicted," he said.

"There is a very real risk he may also interfere with witnesses."

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However, Justice Martin Daubney was not convinced of the Crown argument presented to him and let his frustrations be known to the court.

"Mr Kinsella what you are submitting is highly speculative stuff," he said.

"Honestly Mr Kinsella, what Mr Nahow is charged with is really in the scheme of things at the very low-end of the criminal code.

"You might find it comes as a surprise Mr Kinsella that people have appeared in the Supreme Court before charged with offences and have had associations with bikie organisations.

"In any case all of them must show cause and I base my decisions on law not a perceived fantasy."

Justice Daubney granted both men bail and in doing so took a veiled swipe at Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie's new laws, which have come under increasing fire from the judiciary.

"The fact Templeton and Nahow were former criminal motorcycle gang members is maybe relevant, but not necessarily definitive," he said.

"Membership of a criminal motorcycle gang is relevant, but in no way decisive when deciding if bail should be granted."


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