Monday, July 28, 2008

Gordon Wood trial to start today, by Kate McClymont - The Sydney Morning Herald - 28th July 2008

The murder trial of Gordon Wood, the former chauffeur of the late businessman Rene Rivkin, is expected to commence this afternoon.

Wood is accused of murdering his model girlfriend, Caroline Byrne, whose body was found at the base of The Gap in June 1995.

An unusually large number of potential jurors assembled in the historic Supreme Court building in inner-city Darlinghurst this morning.

Potential jurors were asked to excuse themselves if they knew Wood or other potential witnesses who included former ALP heavyweight Graham Richardson, adman John Singleton, paparazzi photographer Jamie Fawcett and entertainer Tanya Zaetta.

The Crown is planning to call between 94 and 104 witnesses and the trial is expected to last for up to 16 weeks.

Empanelling of the jury will be finished after the lunchtime adjournment, and Crown Prosecutor Mark Tedeschi, QC , is expected to deliver his opening address to the jury this afternoon.

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