Test cases to determine fate of anti-CSG protesters

TWO test cases in July will be used to decide the fate of 21 people arrested at the Glenugie anti CSG protest in January.

The solicitor representing the protesters, Philip Wykeham said the reason behind running the test cases was to streamline the legal process.

"We don't want to tie the courts up unnecessarily," Mr Wykeham said outside Grafton Court this morning.

Mr Wykeham said the NSW taxpayers had already subsidised the mining company Metgasco enough through the police operation to break up the demonstration against the company's drilling operation.

The test cases will be against Bradley James Rankin, who has been charged with resisting/hindering police, and Alan Leslie Roberts, charged with being a pedestrian obstructing a driver's path.

Two other protesters, Amy Calton and Jared Fordham, facing charges of malicious damage to property, had their cases adjourned to May 8.

The case of another protester, Frederick George Telford, facing charges of resisting police, assaulting a person aiding police and two counts of entering enclosed lands, will also be heard on May 8.

The case of protester, Benjamin Zabel, was adjourned to the same date.

Mr Zabel told the court he had video evidence which will show the charges against him of resisting police and pedestrian obstructing a driver are false.

He said he needed to have his case heard ahead of the test case because he wished to travel overseas.

The tests cases will be heard in Maclean Local Court on July 9 and 10.



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