23 Sep 2010

Court reserves decision over Field appeal

8:59 pm on 23 September 2010

The Court of Appeal has reserved its decision over whether or not disgraced former MP Phillip Field received a fair trial.

Field says he did not receive a fair trial and has asked the Court of Appeal to overturn his convictions for bribery and corruption as an MP.

In October last year he was jailed for six years after a jury found him guilty of 11 charges of bribery and corruption as an MP, and 15 charges of attempting to prevent the course of justice.

The charges related to free labour he accepted from Thai tradespeople he helped with immigration matters.

Field's lawyer Helen Cull challenged the Crown's use during the trial of material from the government-ordered Ingram inquiry into the former MP.

However, lawyers for the Crown said several pages were removed from that material before the trial and it was a tactical decision by Field's lawyers to allow the rest of it to go before the jury.