Trial of man accused of fraud adjourned

A trial against a man accused of fraud and theft has been adjourned to Wednesday.

Paul Graham Yeo, 55, is on trial before Judge Michael Turner after initially pleading not guilty to 121 charges, including theft by a person in a special relationship, dishonestly using a document, obtaining by deception, causing loss by deception and forgery.

On August 29, Yeo pleaded guilty to 14 of the charges, which related to dishonestly using documents, including cheques and commercial loan agreement forms. Throughout the trial, three charges were withdrawn.

Yesterday, Judge Michael Turner heard submissions from Crown and defence lawyer Roger Eagles, who has applied for a section 347 to have the rest to the charges withdrawn.

One charge of theft by a person in a special relationship was amended to a charge of using a document.

The Southland Times