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Lawyer will not give evidence, court told

A LAUNCESTON lawyeraccused of an $18,000 theft will not give or leadevidence in his defence, a court has heard.
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Adrian John Hall, 39, a criminal law practitioner, pleaded not guilty in the Launceston Supreme Court last week to eight counts of stealing from his former employer.

The Crown has accused Mr Hall of having stolen about $17,780 from Launceston barrister and solicitor Grant Tucker, between August 2010 and September 2012.

The amounts alleged range from about $320 to $9000.

The money relates to Mr Hall allegedly receiving cash paymentsand in one instancea cheque addressed to him,from clients for his professional services.

The defence has denied that Mr Hall acted dishonestly.

Today, the Crown closed its case and the defencewas asked if the accusedwould give or adduce evidence.

“I will neither give nor adduce evidence,” Mr Hall told the court.

Justice Stephen Estcourt told the jury that he needed to finalise and make changes to the written memorandum they would receive from him after counsel give their closing addresses.

The trial continues this afternoon.

Last week during his opening address, defence counsel Geoffrey Steward told the jury the names of half a dozen potential witnesses whothe defencemight call, including two lawyers.

This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

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