Rebel biker Joshua John Lucey cleared of planning a daylight ambush in front of a mall winkelcentrum
Rebel Bikie acquitted of plotting a daylight mall ambush on an outlaw rival after shaking hands with his associates and girlfriend at a $3,590 bag to court
- Alleged Logan chapter chairman Joshua John Lucey appeared in court on Monday
- Lucey was accused of plotting an ambush in a shopping center in February 2019
- Bandidos member Harley Cranston was shot during the altercation in Logan
- Lucey was acquitted of the charges – fellow member Lucas Pain for a new trial
A high-ranking rebel biker has been cleared of plotting an ‘ambush’ at a daylight shopping center when an outlaw rival was shot in the leg.
Alleged Logan chapter chairman Joshua John Lucey and colleague Lucas James Pain fought the charges against the shooting in the Brisbane District Court.
Lucey was supported in court on Monday by his girlfriend and several other associates to hear the verdict.
Arriving at the courthouse, you could see the bike owner greeting colleagues as he grabbed his girlfriend’s hand as she walked beside him with a $3590 Burberry designer bag.
Joshua John Lucey (center) arrives at court in Brisbane Brisbane on Monday with his girlfriend
Lucey was charged with plotting a daylight ambush on a rival at the Logan Hyperdome in February 2019. He is pictured out of court on Monday.
A jury found Lucey not guilty after more than eight hours of deliberation, but was unable to pass a verdict on co-defendant Pain.
The events took place in broad daylight at the Logan Hyperdome, a large shopping center south of Brisbane, in February 2019.
Lucey was charged with organizing the ambush after a chance meeting with Bandidos member Harley Cranston, Crown Prosecutor Greg Cummings told the court on the opening day of the trial.
He said several members of the rebels arrived at the mall later that day and, according to prosecutors, “Mr Cranston would always be shot.”
“This was an ambush, organized by Mr. Lucey, linked to whatever the disagreement was about earlier that day,” he said.
It was Pain who eventually fired the gun after a chase involving up to 11 men, Mr Cummings said.
Pain and Lucey were both charged with unlawfully hitting with a projectile with intent to incapacitate.
However, the jury was unable to reach a majority verdict for Pain.
As the pursuit ended in the street, the Bandidos member armed himself with a machete, the court was told.
“Mr Cranston had armed himself with a machete about 30 seconds before he was hit by the bullet and ran back to the people chasing him,” Mr Cummings said.
Lucey was found not guilty of unlawful beating using a projectile with intent to disable. He arrives at court on Monday
Joshua John Lucey will be out of court with several employees, his girlfriend and the legal team on Monday
If he fired the shot in defense of himself or others, it was not illegal, the defense argued.
The prosecution also had to prove that Pain’s act of shooting Cranston was not an accident that occurred when he tried to startle him, Judge Tony Moynihan said in his summary on Friday.
Only one bullet was fired from the six-shot revolver, and a case against Lucey would only be considered if Pain was found to have acted unlawfully, the jury was told.
Much of the evidence was based on various CCTV footage from in and around the mall.
While Lucey is acquitted of the charges, Pain will face a new trial.