Paul Galbally, acting for Sue Neill-Fraser at a directions hearing at Hobart’s Supreme Court today, requested that the court agree to a change of date for the new Appeal as Tom Percy, who has been leading Sue’s defence, is not available for the original proposed Appeal date of 2 -13 March 2020. Mr Galbally requested the date be changed to 25 May 2020, with two weeks being set aside, reports Rosie Crumpton-Crook of the Neill-Fraser Support Group.
Presiding at the hearing were Justice Wood, Justice Pearce and Justice Estcourt, who will hear the Appeal.
Daryl Coates and Jack Shapiro were representing the Crown, Paul Galbally was video linked from Melbourne. Sue Neill-Fraser was video linked from Risdon prison.
Daryl Coates presented a letter to the court regarding the submission of evidence. He stated that some evidence may be presented by consent, but a significant amount of the evidence presented to Justice Brett during the application for appeal will be contentious. Coates stated that the Crown will not consent to a lot of the Applicant’s material.
Coates stated that the question of the Meaghan Vass DNA was the most arguable fresh evidence. Coates stated that some of the evidence brought by the defence was ”inadmissible opinion, some wasn’t fresh and compelling and some of it was just completely irrelevant.”
At one stage Justice Estcourt appeared to speculate that the prosecution will be saying that the evidence of Vass is unreliable and therefore not compelling. (Ed: But her testimony as per her 60 Minutes admission and her affidavit that she witnessed the events at the crime scene are corroborated by the DNA evidence.)
A further Directions Hearing will be held in early February.