Accused: I know nothing
DESPITE his name being on an Austar contract for the monthly television service, accused drug grower Wayne Maslin said he only went to his rural cabin at Loadstone, west of Kyogle, twice a month.
Maslin, 49, a fitness trainer living on the Gold Coast, yesterday gave evidence at his jury trial in Lismore District Court that he was living on the Gold Coast in 2005 at the time of a police raid which netted 14kg of cannabis leaf and 1400 cannabis plants, saying that his former wife also had access to the Fern Tree Road property.
Drugs were found inside the cabin where the couple had lived until they separated some years after the deaths of two of their children in 1992.
Maslin said he had not sold the property after leaving because of sentimental reasons because the ashes of his children had been scattered there.
Through his barrister, Peter O’Connor, he is denying Crown charges of supplying a commercial quantity of a prohibited drug; and cultivating prohibited plants in 2005. With regard to the crops Maslin has maintained his defence of ‘I have no knowledge of it’.
Cross-examined by the Crown, Maslin disagreed with the prosecution assertion that the letter ‘O’ written by him on a cheque to pay council rates was distinctive and very similar to the letter ‘O’ on a handwritten label of a bottle at his Loadstone property police say related to drugs.
“No, I did not write that,” he said,referring to the bottle label.
The Crown questioned Maslin over his Queensland drug arrest at Robina in 2005 when he was found in possession of cannabis and seeds.
The trial continues today.