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Jury trial adjourned

Tuesday 13 September 2022 | Written by Matthew Littlewood | Published in Court, National

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Jury trial adjourned
The High Court in Rarotonga.

A High Court jury trial had to be adjourned for a day because of the lack of people available for jury.

The trial of Phillip Walter Montgomery Strickland was due to start on Monday.

Strickland is pleading not guilty to charges of conspiring to sell cannabis, and offering to supply cannabis. The offences allegedly occurred between January 2019 and August 2021.

The trial is set down for two weeks.

During the Jury paneling, there was only 10 jurors selected out of an available pool of 32, most of whom gave reasons for not being able to participate in the process.

It was agreed by Crown lawyers Annabel Maxwell-Scott and Jamie Crawford, defence counsel Norman George, and Justice Patrick Keane that the court adjourn until Tuesday morning (today), whereby they have another attempt at finding the extra members required for a full jury panel.