Admissibility issues delay SCF case

The South Canterbury Finance trial may now extend into August, with the defence's opening delayed until next week.

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

An admissibility issue has delayed the trial. The defence was to open this week, but proceedings yesterday were in chambers as the Crown presented its case for the inclusion of additional evidence.

Matters discussed in chambers cannot be reported on.

The trial has adjourned until Tuesday to allow defence to prepare its counter-arguments. Once Justice Heath rules on the admissibility of the evidence, the defence will open.

The trial was scheduled to end in June, but may run until August.

The Timaru Herald