No case says Sledge
RALLY protester Scott Deitreich Sledge will fight charges that he vandalised a section of Kyogle Road with anti-rally slogans during the event last month.
The 61-year-old's solicitor, Ralph James, entered a plea of not guilty to one charge of destroy property at Murwillumbah Local Court yesterday.
Magistrate Nick Reimer ordered the brief of evidence be served on Mr James by on October 28 before the case came back to court on November 18.
Outside court, Mr Sledge and Mr James looked confident as they discussed the case.
“We are confident and are prepared to fight it on a number of fronts,” Mr James said.
Mr Sledge claimed he had been targeted by police after being one of the rally's most outspoken critics as a spokesperson for the No Rally Group.
“I think there is a political angle to this due to my high profile at the rally,” Mr Sledge said.
The Lillian Rock man said numerous people had congratulated and thanked him for his part in the campaign against the rally.
“I'm hugely popular with the people, but not popular with the powers that be,” Sledge said.
Mr James said he couldn't comment on the strength of the police case until he saw the brief of evidence on October 28.
Mr Sledge said he was alleged to have painted 17 separate acts of graffiti, each with lettering about 1m in height, over 13km of road in just one night.
The timeframe for the act was between 11.45pm on September 2 and 8.47am on September 3, on a stretch of Kyogle Road between Murwillumbah and Blue Knob Road.
Sledge has been charged with one count of destroy or damage property worth between $5,000 and $15,000.Timeline:
September 29 - Federal Court Judge chastises Tweed Shire Councillor Katie Milne for bringing an attempt to stop the rally before the court only days before the event is to begin. Milne must pay yet to be determined court costs, expected to be about $26,000.
September 14 - Scenic Rim Regional Council declares it would be happy to take the rally should it not be welcome on the Tweed. Rally Australia says no threatened or endangered animals were killed due to the rally - only a few snakes, lizards birds and mammals.
September 9 - Councillor Katie Milne asked to “please explain” her actions in the days leading up to and during the rally.
September 8 - Police say the Repco Rally Australia was a success.
September 4 - Two rally stages cancelled after boulders found on road. Police claim, but never prove, that protesters threw rocks at rally cars.
September 4 - Scott Sledge arrested for allegedly painting anti rally slogans on a 30km stretch of road.
August 27 - Katie Milne in court attempting to have the rally called off. “I'm hugely popular with the people but not the powers that be.”