Far Out Friday: Killer sacks lawyer in court

A convicted killer sacked his lawyer in court this week.

A convicted killer sacked his high-profile silk in court, telling the judge he’d be representing himself because he thought his case had been neglected.

Jon Tippett QC hadn’t informed Janez Kostanjevec, who has been under protection in prison, of his sentencing date until that morning, the NT News reported.

“Nobody has come to see me to take instructions,” Kostanjevec told Supreme Court Chief Justice Trevor Riley.

“I only found out I had court at 6am ... I haven’t had a chance to get my family here for support or get references.”

He sacked Tippett, who was appointed to his case through NT Legal Aid, to address the court after the judge threw out an attempt to have the case adjourned to obtain an official psychological report.  Kostanjevec had not seen a lawyer in more than six weeks, the court heard.

Tippett confirmed Kostanjevec was correct and apologised.

The judge told Tippett he was “extremely disappointed”.

Kostanjevec has admitted to robbing a man at gunpoint before shooting his friend Raymond Dargie, dead.

According to the NT News, Chief Justice Riley has sought a “truncated institutional report” and will next week sentence Kostanjevec for the aggravated robbery.
 

Recent articles & video

Columbia Law Review website taken down amid controversy over editorial process

Lawyers challenge US$ 78 million fee award in T-Mobile data breach settlement

Backlog of 80,000 cases at India's Supreme Court impedes justice: International Bar Association

Lucky seven promoted to partner at Lander & Rogers

CBP adds three to insurance partnership

JWS helps MM Capital Partners fund with PPP project stake pickup

Most Read Articles

First-ever cohort of the best dealmakers in Australia and New Zealand unveiled

Four join Corrs partnership in promotions round

Federal Court rules against cosmetics company for misleading conduct and trademark infringement

Baker McKenzie brings victory for Garuda Airlines in High Court