A major fraud trial due to begin in October is in doubt after one of the three defendants has been given an adjournment.
The reasons for Justice David Collins’ judgment in the High Court at Wellington and the identity of the defendants were suppressed.
The first defendant had wanted the charges stopped altogether but the judge has delayed that decision until next February.
Instead he said the defendant did not have to stand trial as planned for eight weeks from October 20 before a judge alone.
Now the Crown and the remaining two defendants want the October trial adjourned altogether. Justice Collins said their applications would need to be considered in light of his decision on the first person.
The person whose trial was adjourned faces eight charges covering 2005 to 2008 alleging they were party to another defendant corruptly obtaining more than $3 million by deception in relation to property deals and were party to attempts to obtain money by deception, and tax fraud alleged to involve nearly $260,000.
Another was charged with corruptly obtaining $3.6m and attempting to obtain another $750,000.
The third person was charged with being a party to another person corruptly obtaining $168,750 and party to tax fraud.
- The Dominion Post
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