New date for alleged stolen boat case

AN ALLEGED boat theft and eBay fraud case which almost fell apart last week got the go-ahead in Hervey Bay Magistrates Court yesterday.

Zane Rene Cook was due to have his charges of theft and fraud heard in court last Wednesday, when two key prosecution witnesses failed to show up from New South Wales.

Police say the man and woman from Taree purchased a boat from Mr Cook on eBay after it was allegedly stolen from a Kawungan residence in Bottlebrush Av last year.

Last Wednesday, the prosecution struggled to contact the pair, eventually resorting to asking the Taree police to track them down.

Yesterday, police prosecutor Senior Constable Jeanette Grigoris told the court the investigating officer had been in contact with the two witnesses.

Snr Const Grigoris assured the court the pair was willing to come to Queensland to give evidence, however had experienced car problems and funding difficulties.

Queensland police would now assist them to make the journey in the interests of justice, Snr Const Grigoris said.

Magistrate Tom Killeen set the new hearing date for the case for August 16.

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