Lisa Wilkinson’s Logies speech has made the Brittany Higgins rape trial ‘untenable’ proper now, accused man’s lawyer says – days earlier than the case was because of begin
The trial of the person accused of raping Brittany Higgins may very well be delayed after his attorneys asserted Lisa Wilkinson’s Logies speech could prejudice the jury.
Bruce Lehrmann, charged with sexual activity with out consent, has pleaded not responsible to assaulting Ms Higgins at Parliament Home in Canberra.
Lehrmann’s barrister Steve Whybrow launched the recent keep utility following Wilkinson’s Logies speech on Sunday night time, the place she thanked Ms Higgins for sharing her story.
Mr Whybrow mentioned a short lived keep was the one recourse to permit for a good trial so ‘hostile publicity can dissipate’.
‘It is untenable in my submission for a trial to be held below these circumstances right now,’ he advised the ACT Supreme Court docket on Tuesday.
The Crown opposed the non permanent keep, arguing the appliance didn’t define a major sufficient danger to the jury that could not be overcome by orders made by the choose.
‘The check most apt … is an actual and substantial danger that regardless of endeavours by the trial choose there can be members of the jury that might have prejudged guilt maybe unaware and that can not be remedied,’ Director of Public Prosecutions Shane Drumgold advised the court docket.
‘We settle for there’s a important change however the utility restricted to what it’s restricted to doesn’t give rise to a short lived keep.’
Chief Justice Lucy McCallum reserved her choice till 2pm.
An preliminary keep utility was dismissed by Chief Justice McCallum in April, when she mentioned she wasn’t persuaded instructions given to the jury could not alleviate considerations of prejudice towards Lehrmann.
Mr Drumgold argued the brand new utility constituted ‘a re-agitation of that order’.
The case was initially because of start on June 6 however was delayed till June 27 after Lehrmann’s barrister pulled out days earlier than the trial.