Andrew L. Urban.
“A Hobart lawyer charged with two counts of perverting justice in relation to Susan Neill-Fraser’s appeal bid may not face trial,” Emily Jarvie of Launceston based The Examiner reported on August 22, 2019, but Hobart’s Mercury did not cover this story, in what is perhaps Hobart’s most contentious topic, the Sue Neill-Fraser case.
Jarvie’s report outlined the most recent development: “Mr Thompson allegedly influenced witness Stephen John Gleeson to change his version of events as to what he saw the night Mr Chappell disappeared in favour of Neill-Fraser’s case.
“The Hobart Supreme Court heard on Thursday a preliminary legal argument may result in the matter not proceeding to trial.
“Mr Thompson claims boxes of documents seized by police in relation to the charge were part of the Neill-Fraser matter and therefore subject to legal privilege.
“Crown prosecutor Jackie Hartnett said the state’s position was that no privilege exists.
“Justice Michael Brett said the legal argument seemed to be the crux of the entire matter.
“If I am correctly predicting this argument … [it] may resolve the trial,” Justice Brett said.
“The matter was adjourned for the legal argument to proceed on October 31.”
The judge said he couldn’t find the crime of which Thompson was charged in the documents.