Like the Raven in Poe’s The Raven, Simon Corbell has rightly come out saying ‘never more’ in this sadly bungled case.
The office of the ACT Director of Public Prosecutions will review all cases set down for trial to prevent the unavailability of witnesses leading to another aborted prosecution. The Canberra Times revealed yesterday that a trial relating to an alleged home invasion and the assault of an 84-year-old man was scrapped this week because the prosecution had failed to make arrangements for a key witness to give evidence.
On Tuesday, the DPP dropped all charges against 32-year-old career criminal Ivan Stephen Djerke, because without the prosecution’s medical expert the case had little prospect of success.
It had been alleged that in 2005 Djerke burgled the Mawson home of an elderly man with Alzheimer’s disease and tied him up.
An alleged co-offender is being tried separately.
ACT Attorney-General Simon Corbell said yesterday he had been advised by acting director Michael Chilcott that an administrative error was responsible for the failure to subpoena the doctor before the trial.
The DPP would review all cases listed for trial to prevent future oversights of this nature.
This is pathetic.