Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Trial Put off after New Evidence

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Trial Put off after New Evidence

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Byline: Julie-Anne Scott Julie-Anne.Scott@gladstoneobserver.com.au

THE trial of Tony Ralph Franicevic was aborted and the jury discharged yesterday in Gladstone District Court.

Crown prosecutor Shawn Gordon asked for the matter to be adjourned until next Monday for mention due to new evidence which arose that needed to be investigated further.

A new trial date may be set on Monday depending on the evidence.

Franicevic was remanded in custody but a bail application is expected to be lodged next Monday.

Meanwhile in the Gladstone Magistrates Court last week a provisional licence holder pleaded guilty to drink-driving.

Aron John Steven Grant was pulled over by police on March 27 on Byrne Street, West Gladstone.

Grant had a blood alcohol reading of 0.121.

He was fined $800 or 11 days in jail with a seven-month disqualification.

Magistrate Damian Carroll said the fact that Grant had passengers in the car was a serious issue.

"I need to pose a penalty that will stop people drink driving. …

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