DNA call on rally graffiti
POLICE have called on DNA evidence in an attempt to link married couple Scott Sledge and Daniele Marie Voinot-Sledge to protest graffiti sprayed on a Tweed road during Repco Rally Australia.
Sledge, 61, one of the rally’s most outspoken critics as spokesperson of the No Rally Group, was originally the only person charged in relation to protests of the event but Voinot-Sledge recently received a notice to appear in court over the same section of graffiti on Kyogle Road near Murwillumbah.
In her first appearance at Murwillumbah Local Court yesterday, Voinot-Sledge, 62, entered a plea of not guilty to destroy or damage property through solicitor Ralph James. The Nimbin woman joins her husband in a fight against the charge after he also pleaded not guilty in October.
The court heard yesterday only a partial brief of evidence had been served on Mr James and Police Prosecutor Sergeant Brett Gradisnik said they were waiting on DNA evidence sent to a laboratory in Sydney more than a month ago.
Sgt Gradisnik couldn’t give a precise date as to when the DNA evidence would be ready and Magistrate Michael Dakin adjourned the case until January 20.
Mr James also issued a subpoena requesting documents from both police and Tweed Shire Council in relation to the allegations.
Sledge, of Lillian Rock, has claimed he was targeted by police due to his high-profile opposition to the World Rally Championship event held on the Tweed.
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