One of three men accused of being members of an outlaw motorcycle gang and involved in a robbery in Canberra’s north has been released on bail to live with his parents.
Brent Douglas Collins, Nathanial Paton and Darin Paul Keir were all arrested and charged with aggravated burglary on Saturday morning after allegedly bursting into a block of flats in Turner wielding replica guns.
Police were alerted when a resident in one of the apartments called triple-0 from his bathroom just before 6:00am complaining there were three members of the Rebels motorcycle gang in his lounge room looking for him, and he did not know why.
Keir and Paton did not apply for bail when they appeared before the ACT Magistrates Court on Monday, but Collins, 26, did apply for bail on the grounds he was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Collin’s barrister Jack Pappas told the court his client had gone to the flats earlier that morning to buy some marijuana, fallen asleep in a spare bed and only woken up when police shone a torch in his face.
Police were concerned if Collins was allowed out on bail he would intimidate witnesses.
But Mr Pappas said Collins denied being involved in the incident or that he was even a bikie.
“I’m instructed he can’t even ride a motorbike your honour,” he said.
Magistrate Beth Campbell questioned whether it was normal for a bikie to deny they were one.
“I wouldn’t have thought that would go down well with their colleagues,” she told the court.
Magistrate Campbell said the facts around what happened and who exactly was involved remained unclear.
She granted Collins bail on the proviso he lived with his parents in Queanbeyan and did not leave their home between the hours of 8:00pm and 6:00am.
“Unless you’re on a date with your parents,” she said.
Highly-armed officers in siege gear arrested the men outside a public housing block on Saturday. (ABC News: Jake Evans)