A man accused of giving two hired hitmen $20,000 and a gun to kill a Gold Coast woman's ex-husband has been denied bail because he may interfere with a witness and reoffend, a court has heard.
Steven William Gordon, 48, appeared in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on Tuesday charged with conspiracy to murder Theresa Dalton's former husband.
Dalton, also known as Theresa Stewart, was last week remanded in custody on the same charge.
Gordon's lawyer Neil Lawler said the Crown's two witnesses, Robert Lorey and Jason Robinson, had long criminal histories and could not be regarded as honest.
One had begun a long prison sentence and his client was not a risk of approaching either of the men, he said.
"The defendant was to solicit two men, Mr Robinson and Mr Lorey, to kill the intended victim, Ms Dalton's husband," Magistrate Bronwyn Springer said.
"The evidence of Mr Lorey is that they were asked by the defendant to kill the intended victim and were offered $20,000 and a handgun to carry out the crime. Instead they just stole from the house."
Ms Springer said the credibility of the witnesses "will no doubt be called into question."
Prosecutor Sergeant Tammy Durre-Bauer opposed bail, saying Gordon had recently breached bail, and in November was charged with stealing and contravening a domestic violence order.
"There's also other matters and corroborating evidence that shows he has been in the area on the day prior to the location of the co-accused," she said.
"He also had Theresa's, the other co-accused, vehicle hidden on his property at the time."
Mr Lawler said Gordon was working in the construction industry earning about $1600 a week and his last offence was August 2011 when he was fined $1000 for going armed to cause fear.
"He has known about this investigation for a very long time ... (he) surrendered himself to police," he said.
Ms Springer said Gordon had a criminal history that included a 10-year jail term when "in his teens" in the 1980s.
She said the charge is serious, Gordon has an "historic" serious offence of violence and the prosecutions case is a strong one.
"Taking the seriousness of the charge, the history of recent offending, the defendant is an unacceptable risk of further offending and ... poses a slight risk of interfering with witnesses."