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Charges against client dropped on eve of trial

In June 2020 our office was prepared to proceed to trial on behalf of our client who was charged with serious offences before the Ipswich District Court. Mr Scott Neaves of Counsel was briefed. If convicted, our client would have been sentenced to many years of actual custody.


The matter had a significant history. Our client had previously been to trial on a number of occasions. On the first occasion the jury were unable to reach a verdict and they were 'hung'. The matter was listed for a further trial. The client was convicted at that time. He then successfully appealed to the Queensland Court of Appeal and his convictions were set aside he and a re-trial was ordered.


The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) appealed that decision to the High Court of Australia. That appeal was dismissed and the Queensland Court of Appeal's decision was affirmed; the client was to face a retrial.


Our office prepared for the client's third trial before the Ipswich District Court. Our office and counsel provided submissions to the DPP which were finally accepted the last day before the trial was due to commence. All charges were discontinued against our client.


Our client had maintained his innocence throughout the entire Court process which lasted for many years. We continued to contest the matters for our client right to the end and ultimately achieved the best result possible.


If you would like our expert assistance with your Court matters, please contact Alan Phillips on 0403 846 238 or 07 3180 0158.

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