Family of ex-bikie boss go into hiding
THE family of a former bikie boss is in hiding after he was given bail for breaching a domestic violence order.
The ex-gang member, a key figure in infamous crimes on the Coast, walked from the Southport Magistrates Court yesterday despite police objections.
They argued he was at risk of reoffending and failing to appear for his next court date.
A member of the public saw the former bikie screaming at a child on the side of the road this week and called police, the court was told.
Duty lawyer Sam Jackson said there was no violence in the incident.
Hannay Lawyers director Chris Hannay said his client had no breaches of domestic violence on his criminal history.
He said the man did not have a significant history of violence and that he would fight the charge.
However, close friends said the family was scared. "(They're) in hiding, (they) can't go through that again," one friend said. "They've had to relocate again and again. They're very fearful."
The Gold Coast police's specialist Domestic and Family Violence Taskforce is directly involved in the situation.
Taskforce acting head Detective Acting Inspector Greg Aubort said: "The taskforce looks to manage all high-risk offenders.
"This is a difficult situation and we are certainly involved and engaged," Mr Aubort said.
He would not comment on the man's release on bail by the court for the alleged DV order breach.
"That's an issue for the court giving bail. It's up to the court, there is nothing we can do about that," Mr Aubort said.
The man will appear in court at a later date.