Perth bikie Troy Mercanti intends to challenge the validity of a police order banning him from associating with dozens of other gang members, his lawyer confirmed in court.
On Wednesday, the 54-year-old pleaded not guilty in Perth Magistrate’s Court to displaying gang insignia in public and consorting with a named person.
WA Police charged Mercanti with the offences while he was dining at a restaurant with Perth identity John Kizon on March 25.
It came three months after new anti-consorting laws were introduced in Western Australia which banned outlaw motorcycle gang members from displaying club colours, patches and tattoos in public.
The Mongols member was the first in the state to be issued a notice which forbade him from associating with 31 named bikie members.
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