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Former bikie pleads guilty to extortion ahead of trial

A CABOOLTURE man has pleaded guilty to extortion and making threats shortly before his scheduled four-day trial was to begin.

Former Black Uhlans bikie Cameron Templeton, 42, faced Brisbane District Court charged with two counts of both extortion and making threats towards a person.

The court heard all the offences occurred between July and September, 2013, at various locations across the state including Burleigh Heads, Narangba and Mango Hill.

Templeton was charged in November, 2013, under tough anti-bikie laws and spent more than a month in solitary confinement before securing bail the following month.

Defence barrister Andrew Hoare told the court on Monday Templeton had recently been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and there was some discussion that needed to be had over the threat offences.

"It would appear the complainant in this matter did not take the threats seriously, namely they did not believe they would be carried out at any stage," he said.

"There was no real fear on the complainant's behalf."

Mr Hoare said he needed a six-week adjournment to obtain a detailed medical report ahead of sentencing.

Justice Alexander Horneman-Wren granted the adjournment and ordered Templeton to continue to report to police daily, which was a requirement of his current bail conditions.

Templeton will be sentenced on April 23.

- APN NEWSDESK.

Topics:  bikie court crime outlaw motorcycle gang


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