Alleged Mongols member first to face Queensland’s new anti-bikie laws
An alleged Mongols bikie club member has become the first to face a charge under the State Government’s reworked anti-bikie laws, for wearing gold and diamond “bikie rings”.
Police intercepted a four-wheel-drive at Hamilton on Brisbane’s northside early this afternoon, when they say they noticed a man wearing rings inscribed with “1%” and “Mongols”.
They conducted a search of the car and found a Mongols-branded vest in luggage.
The 44-year-old Brisbane man has been issued with a notice to appear in court next month for wearing a prohibited item in a public place.
It is the first time a person has been charged under the new section of the Summary Offences Act 2005, which was passed last month.
Police Minister Mark Ryan said the new laws would further deter outlaw motorcycle gangs.
“My message to outlaw motorcycle gangs, or any crime group, is: if you commit a crime, the police will catch you and you will suffer the full force of the law,” he said.
Under the laws passed by the Newman government in 2013, it was illegal to wear bikie colours in a licenced premises and criminal gang members were not allowed to congregate in a public place.