Defence wants 18 witnesses at Luke Hargrave murder case

Luke Hargrave

Luke Hargrave

A SOLICITOR is seeking a large number of witnesses to give evidence in the committal hearing of Lavington man Campbell Hart, who has been charged with the murder of Luke Hargrave last year.

The case was mentioned in Albury Local Court yesterday and Director of Public Prosecutions representative Rennae Gee said she had agreed to the calling of three people to give evidence.

But Hart’s solicitor, Graham Lamond, is seeking to have 18 witnesses called.

Mr Lamond said 10 of those witnesses would be short, but the committal would still take two days.

Magistrate Tony Murray said he would have to read the extensive police brief of evidence that was tendered yesterday and make a ruling on which witnesses should be called.

Hart, 28, appeared via video link from Long Bay jail and had five fresh charges laid against him.

They were possessing an unauthorised prohibited firearm, possessing an unauthorised pistol, two counts of possessing an unregistered firearm and maliciously damaging property by fire.

Mr Murray adjourned the case until August 18.