Judge says no to Gold Coast bikies' plea to live together

TWO bikie associates allegedly at the centre of the dinner confrontation that sparked a bikie brawl on the Gold Coast have asked a court to let them live together.

While Justice Martin Daubney said he now would let Jason Troy Trouchet and Matthew Jason Sward live on the Gold Coast, they were not allowed to live in the same house or have any contact at all.

Brisbane Supreme Court heard the men were sitting in a restaurant at Broadbeach in September until 30 members of a rival motorcycle gang interrupted them.

In outlining the ensuing violence that quickly sparked an unprecedented bikie crackdown across Queensland, Justice Daubney said threats were exchanged and the confrontation was taken outside where a brawl erupted.
He said both were allegedly involved as antagonists.

Barrister Jeff Hunter, acting for the alleged former Finks associates, said there was no fear his clients would interfere with witnesses or endanger the public if they lived together.

He said the evidence was largely from video recordings and their fate would be decided after a summary trial on February 18.

The court heard Trouchet had an assault occasioning bodily harm conviction while Sward had been caught with a knuckleduster in the past.

The Crown argued the pair associated with the former Finks motorcycle gang which has since patched over to the Mongols.

Justice Daubney said they were associated with a notorious criminal gang and would not vary their bail to allow them to live together.

He said their bail conditions included not entering the Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach drinking precinct areas.