RELEASED: Keith Patrick McVeigh, pictured in custody a short time after his arrest in Warwick earlier his month, being led into the Warwick Magistrates Court. He was yesterday granted conditional bail in the Brisbane Supreme Court.
RELEASED: Keith Patrick McVeigh, pictured in custody a short time after his arrest in Warwick earlier his month, being led into the Warwick Magistrates Court. He was yesterday granted conditional bail in the Brisbane Supreme Court. File

McVeigh walks on bail release

A MAN accused of running a large-scale marijuana crop for more than a decade would be making a "suicidal" decision to commit any crime while on bail, his lawyer told the man's bail hearing.

Keith Patrick McVeigh, 55, allegedly ran a comprehensive growing operation using numerous sheds and paddocks on his property near Warwick for about 11 years.

His barrister, Tony Glynn, told the Brisbane Supreme Court yesterday even if McVeigh did commit the offences, he would be unlikely to produce or traffic again while police were monitoring him on bail.

"When the offences were alleged to have been committed, he had available to him large areas of land, money to employ people and to purchase equipment," Mr Glynn told the court.

"And of course the reason they got away with it, if they did, for so long is because no-one was aware of what was going on."

Mr Glynn admitted the case against McVeigh was "moderately strong", but argued his client should be granted bail because he might have to wait up to two years to face a trial.

The barrister said one of McVeigh's co-accused, Vincent O'Dempsey, also faced murder charges that did not relate to the alleged operation of the marijuana crop, and the murder charges would come before the courts first.

He said McVeigh's father had lymphoma and he had close ties to the community.

Justice James Douglas granted McVeigh bail on a $100,000 surety.

A second drugs co-accused, Warren Peter McDonald, was released on conditional bail last week.



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