Alleged bikie sees family for first time in six weeks
JOSH Carew woke his children when he returned home on Tuesday night, the first time he had seen them since being locked in solitary confinement six weeks ago.
Mr Carew found himself behind bars under the association provisions of the Newman Government's Violent Lawless Association Disestablishment laws.
The family shared the one bed, with the Nambour pizza shop owner enjoying the first unmedicated sleep he has had in a long time.
"I'm just very relieved to be out of solitary,'' Mr Carew said yesterday after being locked up on his own for 23 hours a day for all but four days of the past six weeks.
"You are also alone for the hour you get in the exercise yard.
"It's really a cage. You feel like an animal.
"You start hearing voices and you are talking to yourself. Some have been in there for four months.
"There is not one person (in solitary) who is not on medication to help them sleep.
"It makes you a zombie.
"The longer you are in there, the greater the impact. I can see how people get lost.
"You are groggy until lunchtime. It's a vicious cycle.
"As soon as you say to the psychs (psychiatrists) that you are talking to yourself, they write a script.
"I'm just really thankful for the support as was every
one in solitary. It's helping everyone.
"We've been cut off from our families in a wing that contains some of the worst crims in the jail.
"I'll be getting the pizza shop running after spending time with the family to make up for Christmas and I'll be staying away from the pub.''
Mr Carew, his brother-in-laws Steve Smith and Scott Conly, newly released Paul Lansdowne - the co-owner of the pizza shop, and Dan Whale were arrested on December 10 for allegedly being in breach of VLAD laws by drinking together in the Yandina Hotel on November 1.
The matter goes before court on March 24.
If he had failed to obtain bail this week, Mr Carew faced another 10 weeks in solitary confinement under the controversial legislation.
His wife Tracy said her husband had risen yesterday morning at 6.30am and gone for a long walk in the fresh air.
In granting bail in the Supreme Court of Queensland, Justice John Byrne noted Mr Carew's lengthy criminal history which included charges for the commercial supply of cocaine, acting as a courier for Adam McCrea - the Rebels Motorcycle Club Hervey Bay chapter president, his arrest for the unlawful possession of amphetamines, explosives and a loaded semi-automatic pistol, and the trafficking of methylamphetamine.
Justice Byrne also noted that in March last year, Mr Carew and his father-in-law were in a vehicle searched by police that contained $15,000.
A search of Mr Carew's home is alleged to have uncovered almost $150,000 in cash in bedside drawers, a set of digital scales and a notebook containing an alleged tick list that apparently detailed several substantial illicit drug transactions.