Grindlay accused pleads guilty
ONE of the six males accused of violently bashing Rockhampton youth Nathan Grindlay yesterday pleaded guilty.
The 18-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, offered a plea of guilty at the Rockhampton District Court yesterday while his four co-accused pleaded not guilty.
The four accused include Lee William Oram, 24, and three other juveniles who cannot legally be named.
The teen's fifth co-accused, Jason Scott Tilberoo, did not show up for court yesterday.
Judge Grant Britton issued a warrant for Tilberoo's arrest after the court heard Tilberoo, 21, had not been in contact with his solicitor for weeks.
In another surprise, the solicitor representing one of the juveniles indicated to the court that his client would be willing to plead guilty if the charges were altered.
Crown prosecutor Justin Whalley confirmed an offer had been made to the juvenile.
The six males all face charges of the grievous bodily harm of Nathan Grindlay and the assault of Jamie Francis Brady following an incident on March 7, 2004.
Two of the juveniles are also charged with assaulting one other victim each.
The court heard the case would now progress to a pretrial hearing in November with a trial not expected to go ahead until at least next year.
No applications for bail were made. Oram and the 18-year-old who pleaded guilty were remanded in custody, while the others remain on bail. The teenager will be sentenced after the trial.