Criminal Law

Hannay Lawyers Claim No Case Against Pickering

By March 7, 2016 No Comments

TEENAGE girls who claim nightclub kingpin Jamie Pickering supplied them cocaine allegedly told him they were over-age, a court has heard.

Pickering, who owns SinCity and Vanity nightclubs, is accused of supplying cocaine to the four teenagers in his Surfers Paradise penthouse between January and April last year.

He has been charged with two counts of supplying cocaine to a minor and two counts of supplying cocaine.

In the final day of a committal hearing in the Southport Magistrates Court this morning Pickering’s defence team submitted the prosecution had no case against him.

Jay Halprin, considered a key witness in the case, denied that police told him he wouldn’t be charged with supplying drugs if he gave a statement about the incident.

Barrister Alistair McDougall, instructed by Hannay Lawyers, told the court the prosecution had failed to prove all the elements of the offence.

The court heard the girls allegedly told Pickering they were 18-years-old.

“There were many occasions when the young women lied about their age,” Mr McDougall said.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Kristy Johnson said it was up to a jury to decide whether it was reasonable for Pickering to assume the girls were over-age.

Magistrate Ron Kilner reserved his decision until Thursday next week.

As originally seen on Gold Coast Bulletin by Meagan Weymes on March 4, 2015.