Accused bikie seeks bail after VLAD laws repealed

CHANGES to Queensland's bikie laws have allowed an alleged Nomads gang office bearer to make a second bail application.

Paul Anthony Sullivan has been accused of running a "sophisticated" drug syndicate over three years in the Caboolture area. Police allege Mr Sullivan ran the syndicate as an office bearer for a bikie gang.

Mr Sullivan applied for bail in Brisbane Supreme Court for the second time on Monday. As he had previously been denied bail, Mr Sullivan had to prove there had been a change in circumstances.

If Mr Sullivan was convicted as a gang office bearer under the VLAD laws, 25 years would be added to his sentence the court heard. But under the new laws, bikies sentenced under the VLAD laws can apply to be resentenced under the new scheme. The new laws reduce the additional 25 years prison to seven.

Justice David Boddice said the new laws were a significant change in circumstances and allowed his application to be heard.

Mr Sullivan's lawyer James Godbolt said Mr Sullivan wanted to move away from the Caboolture area to Western Australia. Mr Godbolt said his client could wear a GPS tracker to allow Queensland police to monitor him.

But Crown prosecutor Peter O'Connor said the Queensland police did not have the capacity to monitor GPS trackers. He said the Department of Corrective Services monitors dangerous sexual offenders on GPS trackers and that Mr Sullivan was suggesting to be monitored on a device that "doesn't exist".

Justice Boddice said police had intercepted Mr Sullivan making threats of "physical harm" against witnesses. The court also heard Mr Sullivan threatened police officers at a recent magistrates court date.

But Justice Boddice said although some bail conditions could mitigate Mr Sullivan's risk of not appearing at future court dates, he said there were "no conditions" that would make the risk of Mr Sullivan reoffending or interfering with witnesses acceptable. Bail was refused.

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