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Floods get in the way of justice in Brisbane

FLOODED roads are already causing havoc with the justice system in Brisbane this week with accused people, witnesses and even a coroner unable to attend court.

A Hervey Bay rape trial set to begin on Wednesday could not go ahead because floodwaters had isolated witnesses at Tiaro and Hervey Bay.

There was discussion about starting the trial later in the week but Justice David Boddice was worried some might have properties damaged.

He transferred the case against the 39-year-old back to Hervey Bay District Court sittings on March 11.

A pre-inquest conference into three roof insulation-related deaths, including a Rockhampton man, was delayed on Tuesday morning because the State Corner could not return to Brisbane.

In the end, Michael Barnes conducted the hearing in Brisbane Magistrates Court, via video-link from the Hervey Bay courthouse.

Gatton man Kenneth Adam Slater was supposed to be sentenced for building a drug lab which exploded in a Springfield home two years ago but Brisbane Supreme Court heard his road was closed.

The same applied to Wivenhoe Pocket man Cory Michael McLean who was supposed to be sentenced for trafficking and possessing drugs.

Their lawyers suggested sentencing them on Thursday or Friday but two different justices said they feared the men would have to deal with damaged properties.

Their cases will be mentioned on Friday and probably set down for sentence next week.


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