Lawyer’s trial to resume in May

April 6, 2017 | By More

The trial of Christchurch lawyer Steven Welch Rollo has been adjourned part-heard to be continued at further sessions before a visiting judge in May.

An out-of-town judge, Judge Josephine Bouchier, was brought to the city for the hearing which began in the Christchurch District Court on Tuesday.

After hearing evidence on Tuesday, the judge-alone trial continued with legal argument on Wednesday before it was adjourned. The police were calling evidence from eight witnesses.

Rollo, 42, denies charges of refusing to give his name and address to a police officer, and possession of the class A drug methamphetamine.

The charges arise from what the police said was a traffic stop on July 1, 2016, but the defence has challenged the legality of the stop, and the arrest and search in which the drugs were found. Rollo claims he was roughly handled and assaulted by police, but police witnesses have denied that.

The hearing is now scheduled to continue for several days, from May 29.

 

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