Bandido behind Rebel clubhouse fire caught in drug deal

A FORMER Bandidos sergeant-at-arms was caught facilitating a drug exchange while on a suspended sentence for burning down the Rebels bikie gang headquarters.

Caboolture man Gary James Whittaker, 40, was captured setting up the deal, which he attended, through police phone taps, but the amount and price of the methylamphetamines deal was never learned.

Whittaker, who had already served 160 days behind bars that could not be declared, was sentenced to nine months jail when he pleaded guilty in Brisbane District Court on Monday to supplying drugs.

That jail term will run concurrently with a partial six-month activation of his suspended arson sentence.

Judge Hugh Botting said although Whittaker had a concerning criminal history, it would have been unjust to activate the total remaining 34 months on the arson sentence breach.

He set a parole release date for Friday but Whittaker still has outstanding charges - attempted armed robbery and stealing/receiving - to be heard in Maroochydore on September 1.

That mention relates to an incident with a tomahawk in the Duporth Tavern carpark at 3am on November 17, 2013.

Judge Botting said Whittaker had an extensive criminal history and corrective services would have to determine matters relating to his release or continued incarceration.

Defence barrister Scott Lynch said his client would have to decide whether to apply for bail again soon or wait for his other matters to be mentioned.

Crown prosecutor Jane Shaw said Whittaker had breached every suspended sentence a court had handed him.

She said his criminal history included a violent home invasion at Ipswich, assaults, arson, perjury and other drug offences.

Brisbane District Court heard Whittaker was sentenced to five years jail, suspended after 20 months, for destroying the Rebels clubhouse, causing at least $150,000 damage, at Albion in 2006.

Ms Shaw said Whittaker had twice breached that sentence.

Mr Lynch told the court his client had a good work record and that he had obligations to both his children and his partner's child.

He said his client had already spent a lengthy time in custody.



Storms on radar for city today

Storms on radar for city today

More showers and storms are possible for Ipswich today

Death of the old-fashioned family business

premium_icon Death of the old-fashioned family business

Disturbing trend is costing the state its history and culture.

How to make time for your health

How to make time for your health

AN over-packed schedule is one of the main reasons we put off getting healthy.

Local Partners