Stolen mining explosives promised to bikie gang

A Perth man has been refused bail after he was charged with receiving and being in possession of 100kg of explosives which were allegedly stolen from Higginsville mine.

A former worker at the mine Joshua James Preece, 25, is accused of entering into an agreement with current Higginsville mine worker Robert Ivan Crinall, 26, to steal the explosives.

Prosecutors allege Preece planned to sell the explosives to an outlaw bikie gang for $170,000, The West Australian reported.

It is alleged Preece and his girlfriend, Sarah Julie Murphy, 23, drove to the mine site on May 4 to collect the explosives.

Police searched the couple’s Mitsubishi Magna on May 5 and allegedly found 152 cartridges of detonator sensitive explosive Senatal Magnum and five detonators.

Preece and Murphy were both charged with possession of explosives in suspicious circumstances and duty to minimise risk from dangerous goods.

The pair were also charged with unlicensed possession of dangerous goods.

Magistrate Richard Bayly refused to grant Preece bail and he was remanded in custody until his next court appearance on May 13.

Murphy was granted bail and is due to re-appear in Perth Magistrates Court on May 13.

The mine worker accused of stealing the explosives was also granted bail.

Murphy's lawyer Michelle Arnold said her client had been made aware of her partner's plans one week before her arrest.

"She didn't think he would go through with it, but on Monday he stated he was going to Kalgoorlie to obtain the explosives," Arnold said.

It is alleged the pair had planned to drive the explosives back to Perth but were arrested 100 kilometres away from their destination in Northam.

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