Delay to defence opening in SCF trial

Last updated 11:01 17/06/2014

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Another delay has hit the South Canterbury Finance (SCF) trial with the defence's opening put off to tomorrow because of an issue with one of its witnesses.

Admissibility issues have cost the case six delays.

It was thought the Defence case would open later today, but the legal issue, which cannot be reported on, has kept the court in chambers this morning.

The issue has been resolved and now the case will open tomorrow at 2.15pm.

The Crown wrapped up its case in the trial of former SCF directors Ed Sullivan and Robert White, and former chief executive Lachie McLeod, before Justice Heath at the High Court in Timaru, Wednesday week ago.

The charges followed the $1.58billion collapse of the company in August 2010.

Pip Hall QC will open for Sullivan at 2.15pm tomorrow, calling three witnesses which will take until Friday lunchtime, followed by Jonathan Eaton QC opening for McLeod in the afternoon.

Last week was devoted to an admissibility issue raised by the Crown.

The defence is likely to take until the end of the month.

The case will then adjourn for two weeks because of a trial already scheduled in the same courtroom. Closing arguments will take place in the last two weeks of July and possibly go into August.

The trial which started on March 12 was originally set down for three months. 

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- The Timaru Herald

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