News Item: (AUS) Bikie charged over weapons cache has bail refused amid fears he would interfere with witness
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Posted by ace
Wednesday 31 October 2018 - 14:26:28

A member of the Finks outlaw motorcycle gang has had his bail application refused by a magistrate who said his weapons charges were far too serious to allow for his release from jail.

In June this year, police from the dedicated anti-bikie unit Strikeforce Raptor charged 28-year-old Finks gang member Orm Neville Williams with 42 weapons offences.

Police allege Mr Williams rented a storage unit where he kept 10 firearms, including a semi-automatic shotgun, three semi-automatic rifles and a M1 carbine rifle.

Officers said they also found long arms, ammunition and detachable firearm magazines.

Defence says bail warranted given court delays
Defence lawyer Rob Hussey today noted the seriousness of the charges and strength of the case against his client.

But he still applied for bail on the basis that there could be an 18-month wait for Mr Williams to be heard, should he stand trial.

Mr Hussey said should he be committed for sentence it would be a wait of up to nine months.

He argued his client worked full time, and his wife and family needed his income to get by.

Mr Hussey proposed strict conditions, but they were knocked back by magistrate Robert Stone.

"If he were released on bail he could get his affairs in order, get some runs on the board and leave his family in a financially secure situation," Mr Hussey said.

"He could have a curfew [to] not leave house between 8:00pm and 6:00am and would agree to non-association with any members of Finks outlaw motorcycle group or any bikie groups."

Mr Hussey said his client would also abide by a condition that he did not apply for a passport or enter any point of departure from Australia, such as an airport.

He said his wife would also provide $500 surety.

Magistrate says weapons likely linked to turf war
The Crown opposed the bail application and told the court CCTV footage clearly identified Mr Williams coming and going from the storage unit.

Magistrate Stone said he was facing a maximum 20 years for the most serious offence.

He said Mr Williams had rubbing alcohol to wipe down weapons and get rid of DNA, and he had articles relating to the Finks outlaw motorcycle gang.

"The Finks motorcycle gang is in conflict with the Nomads in the Newcastle and Hunter region, and in that background and that context that it is alleged these firearms being stored on behalf of the Finks motorcycle gang," the magistrate said.

"The likelihood would be if he was found guilty or pleaded guilty he would receive custodial sentence.

"I cannot on this occasion entertain a release.

"The risk of interfering with a witness is high and the safety of the community is a priority.

"I can't have people possessing firearms in this community of this quantity.

"They [the charges] are far too serious and bail is refused."

The case has been adjourned to November 7.

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-10-31/bikie-charged-over-cache-has-bail-refused-amid-fears-for-witness/10452078


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