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Pair acquitted over Yandina pub meet

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November 10, 2017

Two men charged under Queensland's anti-association laws have been found not guilty by a magistrate.

Two men charged under Queensland's anti-bikie VLAD laws in what was dubbed the case of the "Yandina Seven" have been acquitted by a magistrate.

There were gasps of relief from the public gallery of the Brisbane Magistrates Court on Friday as Magistrate Annette Hennessy found half-brothers Scott Michael Conley and Steven Michael Smith not guilty.

The pair had been accused of breaking the law during a meeting at the Yandina Hotel in November 2013 in a long-running case delayed by a state government review of the controversial Vicious Lawless Association Disestablishment Act.

They were charged with one count each of being knowingly present in a public place with two or more people who were participants in a criminal organisation.

The court heard Conley had taken steps to disassociate from the Rebels Motorcycle Club after his mother suffered a serious injury in mid-2013, causing him to reassess his life.

He also handed back his vest and sold his Harley-Davidson motorcycle, it was heard, resigning from the club in July of that year.

In her judgment, Magistrate Hennessy accepted he had an intention to remove himself from the club and took action to do so.

She also found the charge against Smith was not made out, leading the two men to embrace after the not guilty verdicts were announced.

Two other men - Paul Jeffery Lansdowne and Dan Whale - are still before the courts.

The group were initially charged under the Newman government's VLAD laws.

The Palaszczuk Labor government subsequently altered elements of the legislation in a November 2016 overhaul of the anti-association laws.

However, provisions relating to the men's alleged conduct remained, meaning the matter could continue before the courts.

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