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 attributable to begin
The trial of the person accused of raping Brittany Higgins might be delayed after his attorneys asserted Lisa Wilkinson’s Logies speech might prejudice the jury.
Bruce Lehrmann, charged with sexual activity with out consent, has pleaded not responsible to assaulting Ms Higgins at Parliament House in Canberra.
Lehrmann’s barrister Steve Whybrow launched the recent keep utility following Wilkinson’s Logies speech on Sunday evening, the place she thanked Ms Higgins for sharing her story.
Mr Whybrow stated a short lived keep was the one recourse to permit for a good trial so ‘antagonistic publicity can dissipate’.
‘It’s untenable in my submission for a trial to be held beneath these circumstances presently,’ he told the ACT Supreme Court on Tuesday.
The Crown opposed the non permanent keep, arguing the appliance didn’t define a big sufficient threat to the jury that could not be overcome by orders made by the choose.
‘The take a look at most apt … is an actual and substantial threat that regardless of endeavours by the trial choose there can be members of the jury that may have prejudged guilt maybe unaware and that can’t be remedied,’ Director of Public Prosecutions Shane Drumgold told the court.
‘We settle for there’s a vital 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 resolution till 2pm.
An preliminary keep utility was dismissed by Chief Justice McCallum in April, when she stated 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 attributable to start on June 6 however was delayed till June 27 after Lehrmann’s barrister pulled out days earlier than the trial.