Bikie hard pressed to show he would not reoffend

AN alleged Toowoomba bikie was told during a supreme court bail application that he would be "hard-pressed" to show he was not at risk of re-offending.

Dale Gordon Pettmann, 37, is charged with trafficking and possessing dangerous drugs, as well as being a member of a banned criminal organisation under new anti-bikie laws.

Mr Pettmann was among 11 people charged after raids across southern Queensland, including properties in Hodgson Vale, Kleinton, Pittsworth, Toowoomba and Helidon Spa.

Police allege amphetamines, cannabis, steroids, cash and a handgun were recovered in the raids.

Barrister Dante Sushames, acting for Mr Pettmann, told Brisbane Supreme Court on Friday that it was not clear what drugs his client was alleged to have trafficked.

Nor, he said, did there seem to be clear evidence of trafficking for the period police alleged he was doing so.

Justice David Boddice said he would be "loathe" to grant bail when such matters had not been investigated or explained properly.

He noted Mr Pettmann was already on bail for another offence when he was alleged to have trafficked drugs.

"The difficulty your client faces is the way the charges are presently framed, and the Crown says there's a sound basis for them, he is in a situation where he is alleged to have committed serious criminal conduct involving a very substantial drug operation," he said.

"He has convictions in the past for drugs and I would have thought he would be hard-pressed to be able to show cause that he is not a serious risk of re-offending."

Justice Boddice also pointed to a failure to appear in a Richlands court which Mr Sushames quickly pointed out need further investigation.

Mr Sushames said his client was legally represented at the time and perhaps the appearance had not been diarised properly.

Justice Boddice granted Mr Sushames an adjournment to place more detailed information before the court.

Mr Pettmann's charges will be mentioned in Toowoomba on Tuesday.


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