Sex trial held up by plea

JUST hours before his criminal trial was set to start in the District Court on child sex charges, a Gladstone man indicated to the Crown through his barrister that he would likely plead guilty to one of various charges.

The Crown prosecutor told Judge David Searles of the development.

Defence counsel Jordan Ahlstrand agreed, saying his client would likely plead guilty to the charge of grooming a child. Judge Searles then agreed for Mr Ahlstrand to withdraw from the case.

The Crown prosecutor said its case was strong with an eye witness and phone messages that show sexual interest in a child.

The man also faces three charges of possession of child exploitation material.

The man assured the court he would now self-fund his case after

Judge Searles questioned him about his intending change of plea.

"All I ask is the case be adjourned so I can get more legal representation.

I intend to pay for a lawyer out of my own pocket, sell my car if necessary," he said. The case was adjourned.



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