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'F the police' alleged bikie Lorne Campbell free to fly

Lorne Campbell.
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A MAN with alleged bikie links, who was denied a bail variation to fly to Bali to make wedding plans, is free to travel after defeating the last remaining charge against him in a Maroochydore court.

A district court jury took less than 10 minutes yesterdayto acquit Lorne James Campbell of making threats against a Mooloolaba tattoo parlour operator to hinder his business.

The rarely used threat charge was the last remaining against Mr Campbell, 34, over two alleged incidents at the Inside Outside Body Art studio in February and April last year.

Michael Erlenmaier gave evidence that Mr Campbell visited his and his partner Kerstin Limpke's tattoo parlour on February 22 last year and aggressively complained about their business, saying they needed to get permission from the Bandidos, the Rebels or someone else.

Mr Erlenmaier said Mr Campbell said then had a similar conversation with his partner, Kerstin Limpke, before leaving with another man who had waited at the door.

Under cross-examination by defence counsel Greg Lynham, Mr Erlenmaier acknowledged that in his statement to police had had said Mr Campbell asked if he had permission.

He agreed that Mr Campbell had not said anything to threaten him or his business but said, "I probably felt threatened."

Mr Erlenmaier denied previously having had a conversation with Mr Campbell at a Maroochydore tattoo shop, Elite.

Mr Campbell's lawyers could only find three instances in the past 100 or so years of "threats" cases.

He had also been charged over shots fired at the Inside Outside studio in March last year but those charged were subsequently dropped.

The alleged bikie was controversially granted bail by Magistrate Bernadette Callaghan who found there was no proof of any his association with any outlaw motorcycle club had been presented to the court.

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