Fraud appeal adjourned after barrister's son hit by bull
A WOMAN who was jailed for fleecing more than $460,000 from the Charleville RSL will wait more to have her appeal against her sentence heard in the state's highest court.
Prudence Ilguth, 45, was found guilty in the Roma District Court in November last year, after a week-long trial, of using her position as the club's assistant manager to steal more than $460,000 from TAB, Keno and pokie revenues.
She was subsequently sentenced to five years behind bars.
Solicitor Anthony Colavitti told the Queensland Court of Appeal on Thursday an administrative issue with Gold Coast-based barrister Rod Clifford, who has been enlisted to represent Ilguth, and the Queensland Bar Association would mean the appeal could not proceed.
He said Mr Clifford was in the process of obtaining a practice certificate as his previous one had expired.
"Due to an administrative problem my counsel has not yet received his certificate from the Queensland Bar Association," he said.
"Unfortunately, he has been in Sydney looking after his son for the past three months who is in a coma after being hit by a bull."
Mr Colavitti said given the volumes of evidence related to the case it would be unwise to enlist a new barrister.
"We are ready to proceed," he said.
"The case involves some thousands of pages of evidence, so to introduce new counsel would prolong the matter for a considerable period of time.
"He (Clifford) received and email late on Wednesday informing him his certificate would not be issued in time."
The Queensland Court of Appeal president Justice Margaret McMurdo said she would adjourn the matter until Thursday afternoon.
She also asked that Mr Colavitti contact the Queensland Bar Association and ask on behalf of the court how long would it take for a certificate to be issued.
Mr Colavitti told the court, when it resumed later in the day, he had contacted the Queensland Bar Association as requested and they had been less than helpful in resolving the matter.
The Queensland Court of Appeal adjourned the hearing to a date to be fixed.