Bikie wannabe gets bail in time for Easter bunny
A WANNABE bikie and alleged standover man who claimed he was the sergeant-at-arms of the Yeppoon Rebels has had his bid for freedom granted in time for the Easter holiday weekend.
Anthony James Parry, 36, hit the headlines earlier this year when he cried and begged a Brisbane magistrate to release him on bail shortly after his arrest because he could not handle being locked up in solitary confinement.
His antics prompted Premier Campbell Newman to describe his performance in court as nothing more than "crocodile tears" and made no apologies for the tough conditions alleged bikies were facing in jail.
Parry, who made an application for bail on Wednesday (April 16) in the Brisbane Supreme Court, was charged under the controversial VLAD laws after claiming in text messages to a man he was trying to get money from he was linked to the Rebels.
He allegedly threatened the man with a gun if he did not pay the money he believed was owed to him.
Defence barrister Callan Cassidy told the court the prosecution had no evidence that Parry was in anyway linked to the criminal organisation.
He said given the situation at the time it was probably a very foolish statement for his client to make.
"If released on bail he has an address where he can stay, full-time employment and is willing to obey any orders the court may impose on him," he said.
"The prosecution has no evidence he is a member of the Rebels because quite frankly he is not."
Crown Persecutor Jodie Wooldridge opposed the application based on the strength of the case in relation to the alleged extortion charges, but conceded there was no evidence linking him to the Rebels.
Justice Peter Applegarth, in granting Parry's application, expressed concerns at the claims Parry made in the text messages.
"In days gone by if someone claimed they were the sergeant-at-arms of the Rebels and they are not, then I would suspect they could find themselves in some strife with that criminal organisation," he said.
"It is pretty stupid in this day and age given the crackdown on these criminal organisations to claim one is a member, or worse still an office bearer, if they are not.
"There is no evidence whatsoever that points to the fact he is anyway associated with the Rebels let alone their sergeant-at-arms."
Justice Applegarth released Parry on bail and ordered he report to police two days per week.