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Roma publican accused of COVID breach set for court trial

The owner of a Roma pub battling nearly $8000 worth of fines is set to face trial in the Roma Magistrates Court later this year.

Benjamin Brian Cannon pleaded not guilty to two counts of failing to comply with COVID-19 public health direction from the chief health officer during a hearing on October 28, 2021.

Now after a series of adjournments, he appeared in court again on January 20 to move his matters forward.

The court has received the brief of evidence for Mr Cannon’s case but is waiting to receive further particulars.

Police prosecutor sergeant Heather Whiting told the court that she has seven crown witnesses, six of who are police officers, that will be brought before the court for Cannon’s trial.

Magistrate Peter Saggers told Mr Cannon that he could deliver his arguments to the court on these days.

Mr Cannon’s trial dates have been set for April 21 and 22 in the Roma Magistrates Court.


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