Former Lone Wolf bikie a person of interest in murder
A FORMER Lone Wolf bikie accused of robbing a Gold Coast tavern with a fake gun has been granted bail to return to his Kunghur property.
Peter James Hasrouny, who is listed in bail documents as a person of interest in a Uki murder investigation, plans to argue he was not involved in the 2009 hold-up, where two employees were tied up and more than $50,000 was stolen.
"I want to contest the current charges, I cannot understand how my DNA came to be on cable ties and plastic glove remnants used in the armed robbery in 2009," he said, in an affidavit lodged in Brisbane Supreme Court.
"I accept those sorts of items were regularly used in my nursery business."
In his affidavit, he said he ran nursery businesses at Mount Druitt, Richmond and on the Gold Coast from 1991 but sold his business interests after a motor vehicle crash in 2009 that left him unable to work.
Amid allegations Mr Hasrouny was involved with the Lone Wolf outlaw motorcycle gang, his eldest daughter also provided an affidavit that she saw her father surrender clothing, colours and a motorcycle to the gang in 2009 and he had not ridden a motorbike since.
A police bail objection document filed to the court for the bail hearing states Mr Hasrouny is a person of interest in Douglas Warren Benge's death.
The document said the alleged murder of the 46 year old occurred on November 15, 2010, on a rural Uki property that neighboured Mr Hasrouny.
But Mr Hasrouny's defence team took issue with mention of the ongoing murder investigation.
"The relevance of an investigation into the death of (Mr Hasrouny's) neighbour in 2010 and the 'indicative' telephone records are of questionable weight," their submission read.
His legal team's submission also argued there was only circumstantial evidence linking Mr Hasrouny to the Gold Coast robbery.
"Rational hypothesis consistent with innocence are obvious where secondary and tertiary transfer of DNA an open possibility," it read.
In other written submissions to the court, Mr Hasrouny's defence counsel said his client suffered from debilitating physical illnesses and was a low flight risk.
The Crown had submitted there was a high risk Mr Hasrouny would re-offend and interfere with witnesses - based on his Lone Wolf ties, and assault and stalking convictions in 2014.
"Two employees at the Currumbin Creek Tavern were held up by a man armed with what they thought was a gun. He was disguised and wearing gloves," written submissions said.
"Both employees were told to lie down and were tied up using rope and cable ties. They were told "you f***ing move, you're f***ing dead". The man took $55,847 and left the scene.
"He left behind pieces of pipe made to look like a gun.
"DNA was located on the pipe, cable ties and ropes. Recent testing revealed a match with (Mr Hasrouny)."
Justice Roslyn Atkinson has granted bail with a $10,000 surety.
Mr Hasrouny must report to Murwillumbah police station three days a week, cannot contact Crown witnesses and cannot go within 500m of any international departure point.
The case will next be mentioned at Southport on August 11. - ARM NEWSDESK