North Mackay man found with ice, taser and cash granted bail
A FATHER of six who is facing charges in relation to the discovery of $5000 worth of the drug ice, a working taser and $56,000 in cash has been granted bail.
Michael Mooney is charged with possessing a dangerous drug, possessing proceeds of a drug offence and possessing a firearm.
He appeared in Mackay Magistrates Court on Thursday.
The court heard the 38-year-old had been riding his motorcycle when he was intercepted by an unmarked police car conducting patrols on Nebo Rd, after an officer recognised the vehicle in relation to a prior incident.
Questions were raised in court about Mooney ignoring police officers' attempts to stop his bike.
Defence solicitor Catherine Luck said the defendant's intent was not to disobey police instruction when directed to stop his motorcycle.
"Given the full motorbike helmet he was wearing, he could not hear what was being yelled. (He) could hear noises and people rushing at him from behind," Ms Luck said.
"He has panicked and attempted to move that motorbike forward."
Mooney has had about six licence disqualifications since 2000 and "several periods" of jail since 2010, the court was told during the bail hearing.
Magistrate Nerida Wilson said the matters were "certainly serious" with regard to his traffic record.
Ms Wilson granted bail under strict conditions, including reporting to police each week and remaining at one residence.
Mooney was remanded to reappear in court on April 21.