Ian Thomas known as 'DJ Commodore'
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Justice Albert Redhead has granted a final adjournment for the trial involving rape accused Ian Thomas, known as DJ Commodore. He will now go before a jury in the October criminal assizes.
When the matter was called yesterday, July 2, Thomas' new lawyer Patrick Thompson said he was only assigned the case on June 24 by the Legal Aid Board. Thompson said he will not be in a position to marshal his client's defence on the date of July 16, which the crown had proposed.
Thompson said the crown is relying heavily on DNA evidence; hence, as the person in charge of Thomas' defence, he may need to get an expert as part of their defence.
The lawyer commented that if the court intends to proceed next week, he would turn the matter back over to the Legal Aid Board for Thomas to get another lawyer.
Principal Crown Counsel Tiffany Scatliffe told the court that the crown has always been ready to start. She lamented that at the expense of her family, the complainant has traveled to the Territory four times, only to be told that the case has been adjourned.
Justice Redhead said after hearing both positions put forward, he will give the case a final adjournment and it will be set as priority in the October assizes.
The radio personality is charged with rape and kidnapping involving a minor and remains on bail.