3 Aug 2009

Prison drug ring trial abandoned for day

4:20 pm on 3 August 2009

The trial of five people accused of involvement in a drug ring run from Rimutaka Prison has been abandoned for the day and will resume on Tuesday.

Shane Ellis, Gavin Doar, Lele Nuuaea, Timothy Wilkie and Sara McSweeney face a number of charges in the High Court at Wellington, including importing methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine for supply.

A jury was chosen on Monday morning, but after the lunch break one of the jurors raised a problem with Justice Mallon, who excused her.

Justice Mallon told the court that rather than carrying on with 11 jurors and risk jeopardising the trial if another juror falls sick later on, she would prefer to start afresh on Tuesday.