We're prisoners in our own homes, say Yandina Five

THE members of the Yandina Five have become virtual prisoners in their own homes as they face constant risk of breaking the law from any "chance" association with other bikies.

The threat prevented all the men from attending yesterday's Eureka Freedom Rally at Yandina, although some of their family members were there.

The five remain on bail for various charges and are relatively free to move where they want.

But if they happen to "bump into" two other bikies, they face immediate imprisonment.

"It doesn't matter if it's here, or whether it's the IGA or Woolworths, three people accidentally being in the same place at the same time is against the law," Tracy Carew, wife of Yandina Five member Josh Carew, said.

"If you do just blatantly break the law, or even if you don't realise you're breaking the law, you just get arrested and you've got to fight it, and you're in jail.

"You've got to prove you're innocent, which is a really sad, scary reality."

Mrs Carew said her tight-knit family had missed Christmas together and recently also missed the traditional Easter gathering.

Just when they can return to normal, life is in limbo due to the court process.

"It's a really drawn out procedure, and because the High Court challenge has been lodged, we are now at a standstill with our court case, so there's no end date and it's held over our whole family's head for an indefinite amount of time, so it's really hard," she said.

The Yandina Five is made up of Steven Smith, Josh Carew, Scott Conly, Paul Landsdowne and Dan Whale.

They were charged under the state government's VLAD laws after drinking together at the Yandina Hotel on November 1.

Two other alleged associates - Patrick Maloney and Eric Fehlhaber - were later also arrested.



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