Potential 6 Month Delay on Joan Ryther Case

A hold up in the provision of DNA evidence in the Joan Ryther murder case may delay proceedings for up to 6 months, the Beenleigh Magistrates Court has heard.

Lawyer Michael Bosscher advised reporters that his client was anxious to get proceedings underway and a new application for bail may be likely given the delay.

“It’s disappointing it takes in excess of six months now for a brief of evidence to be put together in relation to a very serious matter involving an alleged young offender,” Mr Bosscher said.

“I’ll certainly be getting some instruction in relation to that (bail). In relation to the delay of the provision of the forensic material, it’s certainly something that should be considered.”

Mr Bosscher said more resources needed to be made available to allow scientific evidence to be processed faster and speed up the justice process.

“The unfortunate reality is that these delays are now becoming usual,” he said.

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