Monday 3 March, 1947
Today, less than two months after our grandfather's arrest, the murder trial officially known as Rex v Brown commenced in Brisbane. The Crown prosecutor's opening address, included a piece of significant 'evidence' which, he said, would be told to the court by the 'Crown witness' himself. However the Crown failed to call this 'witness' to the stand, therefore Reg's defence team were denied the opportunity of cross-examination which is considered to be fundamentally unfair and unethical. This would support an application to discharge the jury on the basis it involved a mistrial. The breach was never acknowledged, not by the Crown, the defence team nor the Supreme Court judge. A model of fairness, we don't think.
Deb and Jan