Yandina bikie takes case to Court of Appeal

A YANDINA Seven bikie who was kept in solitary confinement for 37 days is appealing drug trafficking convictions, saying the Crown admitted evidence in his trial they shouldn't have.

Paul Jeffery Lansdowne, 59, who was arrested under the controversial VLAD laws over a meeting in a Sunshine Coast pub in December 2012, was found guilty of trafficking and possessing methylamphetamine last year.

Lansdowne associated with the Rebels, an outlaw bikie gang. He was sentenced to four years jail, which was suspended at the 'halfway point' of two years, recognising the time he had spent in solitary confinement.

The court was told he was sentenced on the basis he was 'party' to the ice trafficking business carried out by fellow Yandina Seven bikies, Michael Smith and Joshua Carew.

Lansdowne, who previously ran a pizza shop, was found to have 'facilitated' the dealing and 'had kept the wrong company for a long time'.

It was said he was not naive to the dealings of the others he kept company with.

Yesterday he launched an appeal in Brisbane Court of Appeal on three grounds.

Lawyers for Lansdowne are arguing the Crown included evidence they should not have in asserting his guilt, there were inconsistencies in finding him guilty of trafficking drugs but not of possessing property obtained via the proceeds of such. The lawyers also argued his conviction was against the weight of the evidence.

The Yandina Seven were charged under the Newman government VLAD laws with being knowingly present in a public place with two or more people who were participants in a criminal organisation.

Those charged say rather they were "everyday Australians having a beer at the pub".

The Yandina Seven are the first group of people to face court under the VLAD legislation.

While some aspects of the legislation were changed, the laws relating to the Yandina Seven's alleged offence were kept, meaning the men are still facing the charges.

- ARM NEWSDESK



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