Alleged Rebels' families hoping for Christmas bail
ALLEGED Rebel bikie's wife Tracey Carew rolled up her sleeves last night and stepped behind the counter of a takeaway food outlet.
It was something she had never had to do before, but she did it to ensure two of the local men in custody for having a beer together with friends at the Yandina Hotel did not lose their livelihoods altogether.
"I don't know all the ins and outs of it, but someone has to do it," said Mrs Carew, the wife of Joshua Carew, 30, of Yandina Creek, one of the five men detained.
"We don't have a choice."
Mrs Carew and the other wives and partners have been left wondering if those arrested early on Tuesday will be released on bail before Christmas.
The other four are Steven Michael Smith, 28, of Yandina, his brother Scott Michael Conley, 36, of Yandina, long-time friend Dan Whale, 26, of Yandina, also known among his friends as Dan Black, and Paul Jeffery Lansdowne, 57, of Eerwah Vale.
The men, who police allege are Rebel bikies or club associates, have been identified in CCTV footage as associating together in a public place on November 1 - a crime attracting a six-month jail term under the Vicious Lawless Association Disestablishment (VLAD) laws.
The men did not apply for bail when the matter was mentioned briefly in the Brisbane Magistrates Court yesterday.
They will reappear in court next Wednesday.
"They're hoping to come up to court one week before Christmas," Mrs Carew said.
"If they don't come home then, they won't be coming home for Christmas.
"It's devastating. We've spent the last month, all of us together, working out what we're going to do for Christmas. Now we're wondering who's going to be there - who will be celebrating Christmas and new year with us."
Without her husband, Mrs Carew attended a kindergarten break-up party yesterday for her young daughter. Another detainee's partner, who has children suffering ear, nose and throat complications, hopes she will be able to contact him in an emergency.
"It's just sad," Mrs Carew said. "She can't phone. He's going to worry about them."