Fraud trial hits stumbling block
A couple accused of a fraud totalling more than $553,000 against Government saw their trial delayed after the court ran out of potential jurors yesterday.
Kyril Burrows, a former Works and Engineering employee, and his wife Delcina Bean-Burrows are together and separately facing a total of 35 charges spanning the years 2005 to 2008.
They encompass allegations of cheating, obtaining money transfers by deception, obtaining property by deception, money laundering and false accounting.
They are jointly charged with 18 charges in respect of more than $295,000, with Mr Burrows charged alone in 15 allegations and Mrs Bean-Burrows charged alone in two allegations.
Three of the charges Mr Burrows faces allege that he obtained a 26in television, a 37in television and a 58in television, which together were worth almost $10,000, using government money.
When the process of selecting the jury began yesterday morning at Supreme Court, the pool of potential jurors heard from Puisne Judge Charles-Etta Simmons that around 76 prosecution witnesses are lined up to give evidence. The trial is scheduled to last between six and ten weeks.
Although the courtroom was filled with 47 people lined up to serve on the jury, the majority were unable to be selected due to knowledge of the defendants or the witnesses or their own personal circumstances.
Mrs Justice Simmons adjourned the case until this morning so court officials can find a new panel of potential jurors and continue the selection process then.
She warned those who have already been selected not to discuss the case with anyone in the meantime.
Mr Burrows, 48, and his wife, 49, do not have lawyers representing them. There are three lawyers on the prosecution team; Kirsty-Ann Kiellor, Susan Mulligan and Larissa Burgess.