St Clair man Medhat Mankaryous, 34, was arrested in Ooralea at the weekend.
St Clair man Medhat Mankaryous, 34, was arrested in Ooralea at the weekend. Emily Smith

Sydney lawyers flying into Mackay to defend VLAD charges

LAWYERS will fly from Sydney this week to apply for bail for New South Wales residents arrested in Mackay under VLAD laws.

Five defendants from Western and inner Western Sydney suburbs appeared in Mackay Magistrates Court this morning.

Veronica Lisa Harte, 34, was the only one of five not charged under the Vicious Lawless Association Disestablishment Act of 2013.

As Magistrate Nerida Wilson said Harte was charged with entering a dwelling with intent, robbery and possessing marijuana, the woman shook her head.

As Harte was walked back to the cells, she blew a kiss to a woman in the court room and shouted "book me a hotel up here".

The four other defendants - Viliami Hafoka Iongi, 37, Fatongia Alepini Hanisi, 40, Medhat Mankaryous, 34 and Tevita Vakeifanga Fangaloka, 33 - have each been charged with entering a dwelling with intent to commit an offence as a vicious lawless associate.

They are each charged with robbing a woman and Mankaryous and Fangaloka are also charged with possessing marijuana.

Acting solicitor Antoinette Morton said solicitors from Sydney would fly to Mackay to apply for bail for all of the defendants.

The application is expected to go ahead on Thursday. 


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