Carjackers' Jury Trial; Cross-Border Police-Chase Duo to Appear

The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia), December 19, 2016 | Go to article overview

Carjackers' Jury Trial; Cross-Border Police-Chase Duo to Appear


Byline: Hamish Broome Hamish.Broome@northernstar.com.au

TWO MEN who sparked a massive cross-border police chase from Caboolture in Queensland to Northern NSW will face trial in Lismore District Court next year.

Brisbane men John Tough, 33, and Calin McCabe, 22,

are alleged to have hijacked three cars at gunpoint

and fired shots at motorists and police as they tried

to evade capture during

the four- hour, 150km pursuit on February 5, 2015.

Extensive footage of the action was recorded by police helicopter on the day and widely aired in the media.

Tough and McCabe appeared in the Lismore District Court last Thursday via videolink from Long Bay jail, where Judge Laura Wells dismissed an application by the pair to receive a trial by judge alone, instead of a 12-member jury.

Both men are charged with more than 10 offences including attempted murder, carjacking, and discharging a firearm with intent to resist arrest.

Trial by judge alone

may be granted where

there is "significant prejudice" towards the accused which could hamper a fair trial. …

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