The wife of an accused bikie associate jailed over a pub meeting says she doesn’t want anybody to suffer the same fate as her husband and his friends.
The wife of a Queensland man jailed for allegedly meeting bikies in a pub wants the tough laws reviewed to ensure others don’t suffer the same fate.
Joshua Carew, 30, was granted bail in the Brisbane Supreme Court on Tuesday, more than a month after he and four others were locked up under the state’s tough new anti-bikie laws.
The five allegedly met at the Yandina Hotel in the Sunshine Coast hinterland on November 1 and were taken into custody on December 10.
They are charged with being participants in a criminal organisation and being knowingly in public with two or more participants, under laws introduced as part of the Newman government’s crackdown on bikies.
Police allege two of the men are Rebels motorcycle gang members and the other three – including Carew – are associates.
Outside court Carew’s wife Tracy said her husband had been delivering a pizza to his boss at the hotel on the night in question and his imprisonment was a “sad reality” that could happen to anyone.
“To be locked up in solitary confinement without being found guilty of something is a very harsh punishment for the seriousness of the crime,” she told reporters.
“All it is is three family members and two extremely close friends getting together for a gathering at a local hotel.”
Asked if she had a message for Queensland Premier Campbell Newman, Mrs Carew said she didn’t have anything negative to say.
“If anything we’d like them to have a think about and possibly change the way that the law is written so that people don’t suffer the same fate as our boys do,” she said.
The mother of two said Christmas had been difficult for her family but her children were excited about seeing their father.
Carew was granted bail by Supreme Court Justice John Byrne, who deemed the prosecution case “arguable” and the risk of Carew reoffending “not unacceptable”.
He joins Dan Whale and Scott Conley on bail, while Paul Lansdowne and Steven Smith remain in custody.
Lansdowne’s application for bail is currently being heard in the Supreme Court.
The men face a mandatory six months’ imprisonment if found guilty at a trial which has been set down for March.