Protester to fight Repco rally charge
REPCO rally protester Scott Deitreich Sledge will fight charges that he vandalised a section of Kyogle Road with anti-rally slogans during the event last month.
The 61-year-old's solicitor, Ralph James, entered a plea of not guilty in Murwillumbah Local Court yesterday to one charge of destroying property.
Magistrate Nick Reimer ordered the brief of evidence be served on Mr James by October 28 before the case came back to court on November 18.
Sledge is alleged to have written graffiti on surfaces of the Kyogle Road, between Murwillumbah and Blue Knob Road, some time between 11.45pm on September 2 and 8.47am on September 3.
Outside court, Mr James said he was confident Sledge could beat the charges and they were prepared to fight it on a 'number of fronts'.
Sledge claimed he had been targeted by police after being one of the rally's most outspoken critics as a spokesperson for the No Rally group.
“I think there is a political angle to this due to my high profile at the rally,” Sledge said.
The Lillian Rock man said numerous people had congratulated and thanked him for his part in the campaign against the rally. “I'm hugely popular with the people, but not popular with the powers that be,” Sledge said.
Sledge said he was alleged to have painted 17 separate acts of graffiti over 30km of road in just one night.
Sledge has been charged with one count of destroy or damage property worth between $5000 and $15,000.