Bikies and librarian fined for wearing gang colours in pub
A LIBRARIAN and two motorcycle gang members have avoided jail after police dropped charges accusing them of knowingly being part of a criminal gang.
Sally Louise Kuether, 41, her boyfriend Phillip Frederick Palmer, 55, and their friend Ronald Anton Germain, 61, pleaded guilty to wearing gang colours in a licensed premise at the Dayboro Tavern in 2013.
Despite facing jail time if the anti-association charge had been proven, they were given minor fines.
In December 2013 the three entered the tavern wearing Life and Death Motorcycle Club clothing just two months after the Newman Government's anti-bikie laws had banned wearing gang patches and clothes in licensed venues.
The court heard the three were not causing any problems in the tavern but the staff called police who soon attended and charged them.
The court was told they were not aware they were breaking the new laws when they met in the pub after a motorcycle ride.
Kuether and Germain spent six days in the Pine Rivers watch house while Palmer was locked up for 14.
Palmer's lawyer Andrew Hoare said his client "did not set out to break the law that day" and had been enjoying riding - a pastime he had been denied while the police had seized his bike following the now-dropped charges.
Kuether was fined $150; Germain, who also pleaded guilty to possessing a flick knife, was fined $300; and Palmer, who pleaded guilty to five cannabis charges, was fined $500.
- APN NEWSDESK