Fraud case adjourned again 

A COUPLE accused of committing some $200,000 worth of fraud will remain in jail for at least another eight weeks.

Former local businessman Darren Parker and his coaccused, Natalie Brown, once again had their cases adjourned when they appeared by video link at Goulburn Local Court on Wednesday.

Both have been held in custody since last Easter when they were arrested and charged for their alleged involvement in fraud against two Bowral businesses.

Parker previously ran a photography business in Clifford Street.

By the time of their next court appearance on April 10, the pair will have been in jail for 12 months.

On Wednesday, Parker’s acting solicitor, Tom Taylor, sought adjournment while police continued to finalise their charges.

“A brief has been served yet I’m told charges haven’t been finalised,” Mr Taylor said.

“In that case, I’m instructed to seek an adjournment.”

Mr Taylor said his client was eager to remind the court that he’d been in custody for more than 10 months.

Magistrate Mark Richardson adjourned the case and refused Parker bail.

His co-accused Brown, described by police as Parker’s mistress, appeared via video link-up some two hours later.

Her acting solicitor, Jessica Clarke, also asked for her case to be deferred.

“My instructions are to seek an adjournment,” Ms Clarke told the court.

“That would allow us time for representations to be made and a balance of the brief to be completed.

Brown will remain in Dillwynia Correctional Centre until at least April 10, the date of her next court appearance.

Cannabis case 

THE fate of accused cannabis grower Joshua Clarke, meantime, may also be decided on April 10.

Clarke, who in November was arrested and charged for allegedly cultivating some $4 million worth of cannabis on an Oallen Ford Property, failed to appear as scheduled in Goulburn Local Court on Wednesday.

Clarke is charged with enhanced indoor cultivation of cannabis for commercial purposes and cultivating a prohibited drug.

It’s understood he’s a member of the Bandidos Outlaw Motorcycle Gang.

His solicitor asked for a one month adjournment so facts could be finalised and a plea entered.

Magistrate Richardson ordered Clarke to appear via audio visual from Long Bay’s Metropolitan Special Programs Centre on April 10.

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