Pair plead not guilty following superboat outcry

TWO people have appeared in Hervey Bay Magistrates Court after they were arrested following an attempt to stop the offshore superboat championships race in Hervey Bay in November. 

Lee Stjohn Carter and Linda Joy Hill are charged with contravening a police direction.

The court heard that on November 20, Ms Hill and Mr Carter were arrested on Scarness beach.

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Ms Hill was charged with obstructing police in the course of performing their duty.

Both accused declined legal aide from the duty solicitor, and represented themselves.

Ms Hill was the first to appear in court, and after having the two charges read out, indicated that she wished to plead not guilty.

"I'd say it was the other way around," Ms Hill told the court.

Ms Hill's hearing date was set for February 9 in Hervey Bay Magistrates Court.

When Magistrate Graeme Tatnell asked Mr Carter if he wished to plead not guilty to his charge, the accused said "absolutely".

Mr Carter's hearing mention date was also set for February 9.

"You are going to get a brief of evidence, if you continue to plead not guilty, it will be set for hearing," Mr Tatnell said.

Mr Carter brought to court a 10-page letter he had penned to Environment Minister Steven Miles, voicing his concerns about the possible affects of the superboat race on Hervey Bay marine life.

Both Mr Carter and Ms Hill were released on bail and are expected to appear in court next year.



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