Stabbing murder accused asks for plea deal
THE man accused of murdering 21-year-old Nathan Wiseman in a stabbing at Tewantin in December 2015 has told a court he would consider a "plea deal".
Robert John Nott, 40, appeared in Maroochydore Magistrates Court by video link from prison yesterday after he "dismissed" his legal team.
Barrister Angus Edwards was due to cross examine 10 witnesses at a committal hearing on July 26 and 27, but the court received a written request from Mr Nott's Legal Aid solicitor seeking leave to withdraw from the proceedings.
Representing himself yesterday Mr Nott said he had written to the Legal Aid chief executive asking for a new solicitor.
"But now I've just turned up for this matter, what I can probably do your honour, I suppose if I can do it today, if the prosecution's interested in a plea bargain," he said.
Police prosecutor Melissa Campbell said any proposed negotiations would have to be made with the Director of Public Prosecutions once the case was committed to the Supreme Court, and could not be considered by police in the magistrates court jurisdiction.
Acting Magistrate Andrew Walker de-listed the committal hearing set down for late July and adjourned Mr Nott's matter until August 4 to allow him time to receive a response from legal aid about whether he could change solicitors, or decide whether he would represent himself.