There have already been allegations made in court docket of bikie bashings and media harassment.
However former Olympian Neil Brooks claimed that was the tip of the iceberg after he and his spouse have been dedicated to face trial over an alleged enterprise fraud value virtually $2m.
Brooks stated he regarded ahead to the entire story being instructed after his barrister unsuccessfully argued his shoppers had no case to reply at Brisbane magistrates court docket on Wednesday.
Brooks, 60, and his spouse, Linda, have been accused of constructing dishonest representations to induce Glenn Melcheck and his spouse to pay $1.95m and purchase 50% of their sports activities merchandise firm in 2008.
The corporate collapsed months later.
Defence barrister Chris Wilson made the no-case submission after a late 2022 committal listening to was instructed of allegations about Melcheck.
In 2010 Brooks’ nostril was damaged after being jumped on the Gold Coast by bikies employed by Melcheck, the committal heard.
And in 2012 Melcheck spoke to the 9 Community – which later did a narrative on the fraud allegations – in a bid to get the media to “hound” Brooks, Wilson instructed the listening to.
Melcheck didn’t present a written assertion to police in regards to the fraud claims till March 2016, the court docket heard.
Greater than 5 years after being charged, Brooks and his spouse have been dedicated to face trial on one depend of fraud.
“Clearly actually upset at this time. We had hoped for a greater final result,” Brooks stated exterior court docket.
“In some methods it’s only the start.
“Perhaps the entire story is meant to be instructed … [what was said] at committal, it’s simply the tip of the iceberg of what has occurred right here.”
Wilson had instructed the court docket there was not sufficient proof to place his shoppers on trial.
He stated there have been inconsistencies, noting Melcheck had instructed the committal he largely relied on the Brooks’ enterprise proposal paperwork when deciding to purchase an organization stake.
Melcheck instructed a separate civil court docket case he had relied principally on his accountant’s recommendation, Wilson stated.
The accountant had refused to provide proof, the court docket heard.
Wilson stated the accountant was vital to the Brooks’ case, and in his absence his shoppers couldn’t lawfully be convicted on the proof.
He conceded the funding proposal paperwork have been “exaggerated and inflated”, however stated Brooks and his spouse had not authorised for them to be offered – or personally gave them – to the Melchecks.
Justice of the Peace Peter Saggers stated he was happy there was a prima facie case for the couple to face trial in Brisbane district court docket, at a date to be mounted.
“The inconsistencies in that proof are for the jury to resolve,” he stated.
After being launched in late 2007 by a 3rd get together, the Brooks and Melchecks had plenty of conferences earlier than an settlement was signed in January 2008, the committal heard.
Days later the Melchecks paid a $50,000 deposit earlier than settling the deal in February, just for the corporate to fail in just a few months.
Saggers on Wednesday stated it “struck me as being weird” the Melchecks paid virtually $2m in about two weeks.
Brooks and his spouse have pleaded not responsible.
“The Justice of the Peace determined that Mr Melcheck’s credibility shall be determined by a jury which we welcome and stay up for – the combat continues,” Brooks stated.
Brooks earned fame as a part of Australia’s “Imply Machine” freestyle relay workforce, profitable 1980 Olympic gold earlier than turning into a number one TV sport presenter.