DPP seeks extra time for evidence

THE DPP has been given more time to compile the brief of evidence against a Tenterfield man after traces of drugs were allegedly found in his house.

Paul John Cramp is facing six charges including manufacturing a drug and exposing a child, as well as possessing a prohibited drug and cultivating a prohibited plant.

Crown prosecutor Ben Barrack told Armidale Local Court last week three searching officer statements were still outstanding, along with a junior officer statement.

“The chemist statement indicates that there are residue swabs in the kitchen,” he told the court.

Mr Barrack said the statement relates to the charge of manufacturing the prohibited drug and exposing it to children, and was important in the brief.

“That statement should be served,” he added.

Cramp’s solicitor Yvonne Phillipos said there was no objection to an adjournment, adding she needed more time to negotiate.

But Ms Phillipos flagged to the court she would be making a bail application for her client later this month.

Magistrate Karen Stafford said the search by police was almost four months ago, so there was no excuse.

“Perhaps they could do a statement so it can be served on the defence,” she told the court.

“They’ve had plenty of time because it was in February.”

Cramp was arrested by detectives after a raid on his Jennings home in February after an investigation by police.

Officers allege Cramp had a sophisticated drug lab set up in the home, with amphetamines, cannabis, drug equipment and glassware seized from inside the premises.

Specialist forensic and scientific officers from Sydney were called to dismantle the lab, with Cramp’s clothes also seized for testing.

Magistrate Stafford granted the DPP extra time to compile the outstanding items for the brief of evidence with the case to return to court for a bail application later this month.


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