Andrew Eric Young is facing a fraud trial.
Andrew Eric Young is facing a fraud trial. File

5 years in legal system limbo for Sunshine Coast fraud case

IT'S one of the Sunshine Coast's biggest criminal trials and it now looks like it will be one of the longest cases to reach a conclusion.

Andrew Eric Young was to face trial in May on 19 fraud and insolvency charges but last week that was rescheduled to the first week of June.

All charges relate to the collapsed whitegoods business Kleenmaid and its spare parts offshoot Edis Service Logistics, including allegations the 64-year-old dishonestly gained a $13 million loan from Westpac.

Kleenmaid and related companies closed in 2009, owing about $96 million.

In March 2014 Mr Young was committed to stand trial.

After five years of delays including a defence legal team change, a mental health court application and court calendar clashes, it looks like the trial will again be on hiatus until late this year or early next year.

Fisher Dore principal solicitor Nick Dore told the Brisbane District Court on Tuesday his firm needed more time to prepare a defence for Mr Young.

Fisher Dore has only just taken on Mr Young's case after his application for legal aid was recently granted.

Mr Dore said there could also be issues finding a barrister who would be available on short notice for the estimated 16 weeks that will be needed for the trial to be completed.

He suggested his firm could be ready to go ahead in August but Judge Brian Devereaux said it would be listed for the first week of September.

If it was listed for September, the case would most likely run into the holiday period when the courts close, Judge Devereaux said.

He said the last time this trial was listed so late in the year it was rescheduled so as to avoid the Christmas New Year break.

The prosecution has opposed the trial being moved and all parties will return to court on April 29 for another mention.

"It is the same situation we were in two years ago - so many resources have been put into the preparation of this trial,” Judge Devereaux said.

"It's the fourth time the trial start has been postponed.”  

Mr Young has pleaded not guilty to all charges. - NewsRegional



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