Fate of Yandina Seven to finally be decided today
IT'S been almost four years since a group of men - who have become known as the Yandina Seven - met at the Yandina Hotel as "everyday Australians having a beer at the pub".
Due to what police described at the time as their alleged links to outlaw motorcycle gang the Rebels, they would be the first in Queensland to go to trial under the Newman Government's tough 'anti-bikie' laws.
After a stop-and-start trial riddled with appeals, adjournments and de-listings; the fate of the men is to be finally decided today.
The following is a time line of the Yandina Seven's case so far:
October 16, 2013
Vicious Lawless Association Disestablishment Act (VLAD) introduced in Queensland aimed at cracking down on motorcycle gangs.
New laws state two or more bikies are not permitted to meet in a public place.
November 1, 2013
Steven Michael Smith, his brother Scott Michael Conley, their brother-in-law Joshua Shane Carew, long-time friend Dan Whale, Paul Jeffery Lansdowne, Eric Ferdinand Fehlhaber and Patrick Francis Moloney meet at the Yandina Hotel.
December 10, 2013
Smith, Conley, Carew, Whale, and Lansdowne are arrested during police raids and charged with being knowingly present in a public place with two or more people who were participants in a criminal organisation.
CCTV footage identifies them having a beer together at the Yandina Hotel - a crime which attracts a six-month jail term under the VLAD laws.
February 13, 2014
Fehlhaber and Moloney are arrested three months after the group meet at the pub.
March 14, 2014
Smith is the last of the Yandina Seven to be released from prison after spending three months and four days behind bars.
June 19, 2015
An application to have hearing for Yandina Seven on June 29 de-listed is successful.
Magistrate Ron Madsen determines review into the Newman Government's VLAD legislation could have "consequences" on outcome of case.
April 16, 2016
Yandina Seven trial set for November 7 in the Maroochydore Magistrates Court.
October 28, 2016
Trial set for November 7, 2016 is again de-listed pending the outcome of an appeal by Lansdowne against unrelated charges and potential changes to Queensland's VLAD law.
April 18, 2017
Carew, Conley, Fehlhaber, Moloney and Smith plead not guilty.
April 19, 2017
Lansdowne has case adjourned to April 28 and Whale's case de-listed the week prior.
During trial in Maroochydore Magistrates Court, police testify that those arrested in raids were co-operative and tested negative to drugs or alcohol.
April 21, 2017
Yandina Seven become Yandina Five as Fehlhaber walks free from Maroochydore Magistrates Court after crown drops case against him.
His 'partial confession' is dismissed by Magistrate Annette Hennessy as he was denied the chance to take legal advice without police officers overhearing.
Carew's case also dropped, but he remains in custody on other charges.
Ms Hennessy adjourns the case.
October 6, 2017
Conley, Lansdowne, Whale and Smith appear in Maroochydore Magistrates Court at 9am this morning.