Court discusses Charleville jury concerns
DARREN Wayne Diete is set to face a trial for the Charleville District Court, but there have been concerns about the ability to source an impartial jury for his case.
Judge Catherine Muir told the court Diete’s matter will be going to trial and involves a number of local witnesses.
“The call-over judge, the judge responsible for the call-over here, has raised concerns with me of the ability to get an impartial jury out here,” Judge Muir said.
“But no application to transfer has yet been made.”
Crown prosecutor Lara Soldi told the court she spoke at length with a local police officer about the matter who was heavily involved in the matter.
“After receiving that advice, the Crown is not making an application to transfer this matter to another venue,” Ms Soldi said.
“There are a number of local witnesses.”
She told the court there are witnesses outside of Queensland, including one person in Malaysia.
The Crown intends on making an application for those witnesses to be heard via videolink.
“In terms of the call-over judge’s concern an ability to [get] an impartial jury, that’s something I’ve discussed at length with a police officer, and conveyed that I really shared those concerns,” Ms Soldi said.
“But it’s based on his advice that I don’t make an application.”