Bandidos members who entered a Gold Coast restaurant on Friday could simply have been looking for a bite to eat, the lawyer for an alleged bikie rioter says.
Senior Bandidos member Jacques Teamo, 44, faced Southport Magistrates Court on Wednesday charged with entering a premise with intent, and rioting.
Teamo was granted conditional bail despite a prosecution objection and will return to court on November 14.
The court was shown video from CCTV, despite an objection from Teamo’s lawyer Chris Hannay, which showed Teamo leading a group of up to 20 Bandidos into Aura restaurant at Broadbeach.
Mr Hannay said the footage failed to reveal any intent other than a group of people looking for somewhere to eat on a Friday night.
“There’s no evidence they went there for anything other than a feed,” Mr Hannay told the court.
Mr Hannay said a brawl that broke out as Teamo and the other men left the restaurant was not his client’s fault.
The brawl involved Jason Trouchet and Matthew Sward, who were granted bail on charges of affray on Monday.
During their court hearing, it was alleged Trouchet had initiated the fight when he realised dozens of bikie gang members were waiting outside the restaurant.
“A person punched him in the back of the head,” Mr Hannay said of his client Teamo.
“He’s got a right to defend himself.”
In opposing bail police prosecutor Sergeant Jim Pedlow told the court Teamo – who was shot during a dispute with another rival bikie gang member at a Gold Coast shopping mall last year – posed a significant risk to the community.
“He went to confront two persons with a gang, putting the whole public at risk,” Sgt Pedlow said.
Magistrate Kerry Magee agreed footage of the incident was “alarming” and made Teamo’s bail conditional on him not having any contact with other Bandidos members.
“It does look quite frightening in the footage,” Ms Magee said.
Mr Hannay said his client’s appearance, which includes several facial tattoos, was intimidatory by itself but is not a sign of any malicious intent.
“It’s intimidating just to look at him,” he said.
“That’s not his fault … that doesn’t make this man number one in the bikie world, as he’s being made out to be.”
Teamo was arrested and charged along with three other members of the Bandidos gang on Tuesday.
The other three men, who are facing riot charges, were all granted watch-house bail and will appear in court later this month.