Scott Conley and Steven Smith have been cleared of breaching the VLAD anti-bikie laws. FILE PHOTO
Scott Conley and Steven Smith have been cleared of breaching the VLAD anti-bikie laws. FILE PHOTO

'Yandina Seven' bikies cleared of VLAD law breach

TWO members of the so-called Yandina Seven have walked free from court.

Sunshine Coast man Steven Michael Smith and his half-brother Scott Michael Conley appeared in Brisbane Magistrates Court on Friday after a previous appearance in Maroochydore.

Supporters of the men gasped with relief and applauded as the pair were found not guilty.

Paul Jeffery Lansdowne, who has been in custody, was also expected to be sentenced on Friday, along with Dan Whale.

Lansdowne and Mr Whale both had their cases adjourned to November 24.

The men were charged with participating in a criminal organisation and being knowingly present in public places with two or more criminal organisation participants.

On Friday, Magistrate Hennessy accepted that Conley had taken steps to disassociate himself from the Rebels Motorcycle Club.

Mr Conley was "a nominee" of the Rebels until his resignation in July 2013, the magistrate said.

Joshua Shane Carew, Eric Ferdinand Fehlhaber, and Patrick Francis Moloney also allegedly met at the Yandina Hotel in November 2013.

The seven were initially charged under VLAD - the Vicious Lawless Association Disestablishment Act - for being alleged participants in a bikie club meeting in a group of more than two people.

In 2013, Smith was sentenced to three years jail for picking up an order for more than $27,000 of cocaine.

Aged 27 at the time, his sentence was fully suspended thanks to rehabilitation efforts he made as he awaited sentencing. -NewsRegional
 

News Corp Australia


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