A LAWYER for the man accused of causing a double fatal crash at Salamander Bay last year has asked for another month to obtain one final expert report before the matter is committed to Newcastle District Court.
Adam Anthony Bortic, 32, is accused of killing two workmates – Queensland man Jamie Ward, 34, and 29-year-old Estonian national Lauri Juerman – after his Mazda 3 slammed into a tree off Soldiers Point Road about 1am on April 13.
Mr Bortic was represented by solicitor Christian Hearn when he appeared in Newcastle Local Court on Wednesday charged with a number of serious driving offences, including two counts of aggravated dangerous driving occasioning death, which carry a maximum of 14 years in jail.
Mr Hearn asked for a four-week adjournment to get a final expert report, despite the DPP noting they had been ready to commit the matter since early December.
A fiery Magistrate Robert Stone said he "wasn't happy", but ultimately granted the adjournment application.
“You can have your month but that is all you’re getting.”
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