Bashing trial off again

IT HAS been two years since police charged Goonellabah man Peter Blanch over the violent robbery of a businessman in a Lismore motel room.

Last week, his trial was again delayed.

With the matter listed for trial in the Lismore District Court, Blanch’s defence barrister asked that the matter be adjourned until August following an issue with a witness.

Blanch, 45, also known as Falls, is pleading not guilty to the charge of aggravated robbery/maliciously inflicting bodily harm to the Queensland businessman on February 6, 2008.

He is also accused of administering an intoxicating substance with the intention of committing a robbery.

Blanch was first ordered to stand trial in the Lismore District Court in December 2008, and was arraigned in March last year where he formally lodged his not guilty pleas before Judge James Black.

Blanch remains in custody.

His co-accused, Yvonne Brackell, 49, of Casino, is on bail charged with similar offences.



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