Alleged drug trafficker banned in areas of Warwick

ACCUSED drug trafficker Warren Peter McDonald has been given bail on the condition he does not enter certain areas of Warwick from 9am to 5pm on weekdays.

His defence barrister Peter Callaghan tendered a town map with boundaries for Mr McDonald marked on it in the Brisbane Supreme Court on Thursday.

Justice Debra Mullins agreed to the condition to ensure Mr McDonald did not accidentally run into prosecution witnesses or other people involved in the case.

She ruled he could not have direct or indirect contact with them.

Crown prosecutor Amanda Robinson said each time a witness had provided a statement they had "articulated reservations" about Mr McDonald, who allegedly helped run a large-scale marijuana plantation at a Karara property.

Mr McDonald allegedly trafficked the marijuana over two two-year periods.

Ms Robinson suggested he live at a Yangan property, west of Warwick, put forward as a possible residence.

But Mr McDonald preferred to restrictions from entering certain town areas, as marked on the map, so he could live with his partner and child in Warwick.

Justice Mullins ruled the only reason he would be allowed inside the banned areas during the day would be to attend court and the police station.

She said one of the people involved in the case must be informed of the times and dates he would be in the area so they could stay away.

It is understood another man allegedly behind the marijuana plantation, Keith Patrick McVeigh, will apply for bail on Friday.

Justice Mullins said because Mr McDonald's co-accused, Vincent O'Dempsey, was charged with murder it could be years before Mr McDonald faced court.

She said Mr O'Dempsey's case for his alleged involvement in a cold case from 40 years ago would take precedence.

Police have charged O'Dempsey and Garry Reginald Dubois, who are both in custody, over the disappearance of Barbara McCulkin and her daughters Leanne and Vicki.

The trio disappeared from their Brisbane home on January 16, 1974.

- APN NEWSDESK

 


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