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'Bandidos bikie' in court for alleged drug extortion

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TWO brothers accused of violently extorting a Bundaberg man to sell and consume drugs have applied for bail.

Police are alleging 18-year-old Warwick man Lloyd Michael Foran, who is believed to be an associate of outlaw motorcycle club Bandidos, and 25-year-old Geoffrey Declan Foran, attempted to violently extort a 31-year-old Bundaberg man.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Barry Stevens said the men were accused of extorting the man between March and August of this year before things came to a head on August 15 during a violent exchange in which the victim was allegedly forced into a car and threatened with a machete and a knife.

"I have been waiting for a while for this," Geoffrey Foran allegedly told him," Sgt Stevens said.

"I'm going to take you to Gin Gin and dig a spot to kill you and lay you (out) and make an example of you."

Magistrate Aaron Simpson said the extortion charge was not well particularised in the police evidence but stated in his opinion the Crown case in relation to the kidnapping and assault charges was strong.

Sgt Stevens said police were concerned for the safety of witnesses if the pair was to be released on bail.

"It is entirely consistent with the thuggery and intimidation of criminal elements of criminal organisations that people, rightfully or wrongfully, feel scared," Sgt Stevens said.

"The fear factor is very strong.

"This is a violent, frightening assault, affray in the street."

Sgt Stevens said it was alleged Lloyd Foran was a member of a criminal motorcycle gang.

"At the time the defendant Lloyd asserted that he was part of the Bandidos... and now that he's been arrested, he's asserting that he's not," Sgt Stevens said.

Lawyer Andrew McGinness represented the Foran brothers, neither of whom appeared in court.

"There is no evidence to support... these two men were trying to deal drugs in Bundaberg on a large scale," Mr McGinness said.

"No items consistent with drug distribution were located.

"It seems this encounter may have all the hallmarks of a consensual fight."

Mr McGinness said the prosecution concerns the pair would interfere with witnesses, leave the country or be a risk to the community could be dispelled by bail conditions including reporting requirements, that they live with their mother in Warwick and they forfeit their passports.

But Mr Simpson was not convinced and both were refused bail with their matters to come before the court again on October 30.



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