Queensland in fresh bid to lock up bikie released by court

ANOTHER appeal has been lodged to lock up an alleged bikie after one Queensland justice refused to deal with it in a stand to protect the integrity of the state's justice system.

Justice George Fryberg on Friday refused to review a decision to grant bail to alleged Bandido Jared Kevin Anthony Brown over his alleged involvement in a bikie brawl on the Gold Coast.

That brawl sparked a government crackdown on bikies and new legislation rushed through parliament to demand tougher jail terms for bikies, including adjusting the bail rules.

Justice Fryberg found the community could infer Premier Campbell Newman wanted the courts to refuse Mr Brown bail in comments he made to media.

He said if he then subsequently revoked bail, the public could perceive the Premier had influence over the judiciary when there was supposed to be a separation of powers to maintain independence.

"That damage would affect the institutional integrity of this court," he said.

Justice Fryberg placed a stay on the bail review until further orders were made.

The Crown lodged an appeal on Friday arguing Justice Fryberg should not have referred to media reports and urged the premier to withdraw his comments because they were irrelevant.

Documents also refuted the finding a reasonable member of the public would perceive influence from the premier and that the stay was an appropriate remedial response to such a perception.

The hearing will be set for a future date.


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