Wednesday, August 4, 2004

DPP moves to freeze guard's interview money

Karen Brown (left) has been charged with murder.

The New South Wales Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has moved to freeze the money paid to a Sydney security guard for media interviews about a fatal shooting in the city's south-west last week.

Karen Brown is to face court next month charged with the murder of a man who allegedly attacked and robbed her at Moorebank.

DPP Nicholas Cowdery QC says an application has been made to the Supreme Court to seize any payments to the guard.

"In this case, a serious offence has been charged against Ms Brown," he said.

"Information has been obtained from the police and the grounds appeared to exist for a restraining order against certain property."

He says the Supreme Court has granted the confiscation order under the Proceeds of Crime Act and the public trustee will take control of the money.

"This is property which falls into the definition of tainted property because it has come about as a result of the commission of the offence and so it is still caught by the Act, whatever the timing of the actual laying of the charge," he said.

By Starsky and Hutch 4 August 04


DPP concerned over security guard interviews
The New South Wales Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Nicholas Cowdery QC, has expressed concern over the media's involvement in the case of a security guard who will be charged with murder.