Judge refuses bail plea
AN ALLEGED bikie has failed in his attempt to have his bail conditions relaxed so that he can visit family and friends and make wedding preparations in Bali.
Lorne James Campbell's application to vary his bail was dismissed in the Maroochydore District Court yesterday.
Mr Campbell, 33, had sought to have a condition that he report to police every Wednesday dropped.
In a neatly handwritten letter submitted to the court this week, Mr Campbell wrote that the condition "makes it very difficult for me to be able to visit family and friends, or to plan family vacations-holidays."
Mr Campbell had asked the judge to consider excusing him from reporting on August 27 and September 23 if he could not drop the Wednesday reporting condition.
The letter said he wanted to travel to Bali to support his partner in a new business venture and make wedding preparations.
He asked the judge to "find it in your heart" to vary the bail "to help me in the process of moving on with my new family life".
Mr Campbell was controversially granted bail by Magistrate Bernadette Callaghan last October.
He had been on bail for charges arising from shots fired at a Mooloolaba tattoo parlour when he found himself back before the court for breaching his conditions by failing to live at an agreed address.
Ms Callaghan granted the alleged Rebels member bail again despite tough new Queensland laws designed to make it harder for members of outlaw motorcycle gangs to get bail. Charges of extortion, wilful damage, dangerous conduct with a weapon and stealing have been dropped but he still faces one charge.
THE PLEA TO THE JUDGE
THE reason i have come before you today is to ask for a variation on my bail conditions for charges from early 2013, over 16 months ago, which have now been downgraded to threatening. As a result of the decrease in seriousness there is a corresponding decrease in my likleyhood of failing to appear.
I have never failed to appear for court matters, and besides one minor technical breech of bail, i have always lived up to my bail conditions.
We have asked the court to have these matters delt with, and are yet to be given a date which is making it difficult to leave this part of my life behind me and move on.
The variation I ask for is for my Wednesday reporting to be dropped, as this makes it very difficult for me to be able to visit family and friends, or to play family vacations/holidays.
I do not see myself as a flight risk, and want nothing more othan to have these charges delt with.
I feel like I have been charged for how i appea, and not what i have done, all serious charges have been dropped, due to lack of evidence, and i feel tho i am being charged punished thro way of bail.
For the first half of this year i was on curfew (nightly visits/echeckups, sometimes 203 times a night/all hours, waking my neighbours, this result in my evict-ion from my last units.) I was also on daily reporting for other charges which were dropped 2 days before court.
I believe these charges dragging on so long are not only wasting my time but also the courts time.
I hope your honer can find it in your heart to grant my bail variation and help me in the process of moving on with my new family life.
Lorne James Campbell
If you Honer doesn't find it fit to grant me such bail variation, i would then seek to be excused from reporting Wed 27th August, and September the 3rd, to travel to bali with my partner to support her with her new business venture and also to plan our wedding.