A MAN who used a stolen bulldozer to level a house, four cars and a boat at Teralba in 2015 will have to wait even longer to face a trial in Newcastle District Court.
Jamie Sager – who is accused of bulldozing the house with the intention to endanger lives – was due to face a trial starting on Monday after his first trial, in July last year, was aborted.
But with several trials from this week expected to run into next week, the court heard Mr Sager’s impending trial date would need to be vacated.
Judge Peter Berman discharged the jury on the second day of the first trial after they heard some potentially prejudicial evidence.
The matter was then re-listed to set a new trial date, but due to the clogged district court lists, witness unavailability and the Christmas break, the earliest date Mr Sager could get a new trial was March 20, 2017.
And now with that date vacated, Mr Sager’s matter will be mentioned next Thursday to set a new trial date, likely to be several months in the future.
Mr Sager remains in custody after pleading guilty to a number of serious offences stemming from the destruction of the house on The Weir Road on June 8, 2015.
But he denies the charge of maliciously damaging property with intent to endanger life.
The court previously heard that what the 49-year-old was thinking and what his “intent” was as he commenced demolishing the house would be the central issue during the trial.
He is yet to be sentenced for any of the offences relating to the bulldozer rampage and was refused bail until next week.