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Three Black Uhlans bailed



THREE members of the Black Uhlans motorcycle gang accused of extortion and possession of drugs including amphetamines and LSD were yesterday bailed by a court. The three men were arrested after raids of the Black Uhlans Gladstone Chapter clubhouse and members' houses in Gladstone on Tuesday. The men were held in custody overnight and yesterday afternoon applied for bail in the Gladstone Magistrates Court. Sergeant-at-Arms Stephen Lee, 33, was charged with one count of enter and commit, extortion, major possession of amphetamine, possession of LSD, possession of a gaming machine and possession of property suspected of being proceeds of crime. The court heard the three gang members had attended a Boyne Island tattoo parlour and demanded property. Police prosecutor Jane Healy objected to Lee's bail and said the alleged offences were of a serious nature. "The complainants are so fearful of what may happen to them that they have taken some serious action," Snr Const Healy said. "The complainants abandoned their business and had to put their family in some sort of security so fearful were they of what may happen." Defence barrister David Murray however said a key piece of evidence, a video, showed the members at the business having what appeared to be a normal conversation. "There was no offer of violence," Mr Murray said. "There were no raised voices." Mr Murray said the interaction could be viewed as business or possibly territorial. Mr Murray warned against assuming the worst of his client because Lee was involved in the Black Uhlans. "Just because he is part of a motorcycle gang ergo the victim is going to be in some real and impending danger," Mr Murray said. The court heard Lee was also allegedly found in possession of 12.6g of a brown substance believed to be methylamphetamine and 22 tablets believed to be LSD. Mr Murray also questioned the validity of the enter and commit charge and whether all charges would be proceeded upon. Magistrate Mark Morrow struck out the charge of enter and commit. Chapter president Derek Walter Lyons, 41, and full member Anthony Michael Laing, 46 were both charged with enter and commit and extortion. Magistrate Mark Morrow bailed the three men on strict conditions and adjourned the matters to February 16.


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