A jury trial for an Invercargill man accused of manufacturing methamphetamine and possessing chemicals to make it began in Invercargill District Court yesterday.
Shane Deane Adams, 38, has pleaded not guilty to seven charges, including manufacturing P, possessing chemicals capable of being used to manufacture P, possessing a precursor substance knowing it was to be used in the making of P and possessing equipment capable of being used to manufacture P.
All charges are alleged to have occurred between April 1 and 15 last year.
Crown prosecutor Sarah McKenzie in her opening address said a search warrant was carried out at Adams' home where a "clan" lab was found in his garage, which was tested and found to have been used to manufacture P.
Two men, including Adams, were found at the house and later charged, she said. The other man had since died.
The Crown alleged the deceased man was the cook and Adams was there to assist him, Ms McKenzie said.
Adams had agreed the manufacture took place, she said.
However, defence lawyer Roger Eagles, in his opening statement, said Adams had never manufactured or attempted to manufacture P, nor did he have a common intention with the other man to do so.
He was never in possession of any materials, substances, precursors or equipment and those items belonged to the other man, he said.
The trial, before Judge Kevin Phillips, continues today.
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