Case against car dealer will need to be high flying
THE Queensland Government may be forced to fly witnesses from the USA, Canada and Dubai to Brisbane to testify against an accused shonky second-hand car salesman after a judge ruled they could not testify by video link.
Yeppoon man Glen David Mayer is facing multiple fraud charges relating to his actions as a used-car dealer.
Mr Mayer denies the charges and intends on taking them to trial.
He has been accused of taking possession of cars to sell them for others, and then not paying up after sales had been made. He is accused of keeping the proceeds of sale from Toyota Camrys and a Peugeot 308.
Three of the people who Mr Mayer is accused of ripping off are living overseas, one in the United Arab Emirates, one in Canada and one in the United States.
Crown prosecutors had applied for those three people to give evidence over video link rather than paying costly international flights to give evidence in person.
But Mr Mayer's defence team argued they would not be able properly cross-examine those three witnesses and challenge their credibility unless they were present in court.
Justice Brian Devereaux ruled it was not "in the interests of justice" to have the three people give evidence over video and instead should be brought to Brisbane if they are to give evidence.
"It is the usual practice in Queensland for a witness to attend court in person to give evidence," he said.
Justice Devereaux said the cost associated with flying the witnesses to Brisbane could be offset by the risks to the trial if the video technology failed. He also pointed to significant time differences between Australia, North America and Dubai.
But he said his decision could be changed if a different application was made to the court.
A date for Mr Mayer's trial has not yet been set.