Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Cansdell's Comments Ill-Informed, Lawyer Says

Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Cansdell's Comments Ill-Informed, Lawyer Says

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MARK Spagnolo thinks Steve Cansdell should stick to politics and stop trying to run the judicial system.

The Maclean-based solicitor, who advised barristers representing Craig and Dylan McNeill in the Yamba riot trial, said Mr Cansdell's comments were ill-informed.

aIt seems Mr Cansdell's comments about the Yamba riot trial were purely political and ill-informed,a he said. aAs far as I am aware Mr Cansdell was not present in court during any of the six weeks of hearing.a

Since a not guilty verdict for all 10 adults accused of their involvement in the Yamba riot was handed down by Magistrate John Andrews on Monday, Mr Cansdell has voiced his disgust to the media.

Mr Spagnolo said rather than make comment on a trial he had little knowledge about, Mr Cansdell should seek answers through political channels as to how the verdict came to be delivered by Mr Andrews.

aMr Cansdell would serve the community better as our elected representative by seeking answers from the police minister and the commissioner about the proper training of officers in the field,a he said. …

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