Andrew Eric Young spoke to the court via phone link on Friday. (FILE PHOTO).
Andrew Eric Young spoke to the court via phone link on Friday. (FILE PHOTO). Kari Bourne

Kleenmaid fraud trial to start in July

A MULTI-million dollar fraud trial is expected to start in July after a trial this year ended prematurely.

The trial of former Kleenmaid director Andrew Eric Young has been listed to start on July 30.

On Friday, Judge Brian Devereaux told Brisbane District Court the trial might take 12-16 weeks.

The court heard a legal aid application for Mr Young was under way.

Mr Young appeared on Friday via telephone link.

The 64-year-old pleaded not guilty to all charges in August.

Mr Young was accused of dishonestly incurring debts, including when allegedly a director of Edis Service Logistics, Kleenmaid's former spare parts arm.

In one charge at this year's trial, he was accused of dishonestly getting a $13 million loan from Westpac.

Representing himself earlier this year, Mr Young said factors in the Kleenmaid collapse included growth occurring "ahead of what was expected” and the global financial crisis's impact from late 2008.

Crucial elements of the 19 fraud and insolvency trading charges the Maroochydore man faced stemmed from a 2007 Kleenmaid restructure.

Prosecutor Stephen Keim told jurors an "elaborate” restructure was a facade, designed so Edis could be sold for a "large sum” and create an illusion of separate firms when all Kleenmaid-related companies were effectively run as one.

But this year's trial ended prematurely due to medical reasons affecting Mr Young. - NewsRegional



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