MAGISTRATES COURT VERRA, MAGISTRATE COMMONWEALTH DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC PROSECUTIONS Complainant and JEFFREY GEANEY Defendant TOWNSVILLE ..DATE 09/07/2012 ..DAY 1
I, JOANNE BUGDEN, Director of Reporting, Finance and Community Engagement, Reform and Support Services, and the officer in charge of the State Reporting Bureau transcripts, do hereby certify that the abovementioned transcript, pages 1 to 5, is a transcript held in the official records of the State Reporting Bureau. Dated this 20th day of July 2012. ———-Joanne Bugden Director Reporting, Finance and Community Engagement Reform and Support Services MS WILLIAMS: Would your Honour take the matter of Geaney? DEFENDANT: Good morning, your Honour. Geaney, J C, on behalf of WorldInternetAuthority.com. BENCH: Just give me a moment. Which one is this again, please? MS WILLIAMS: Geaney. BENCH: Oh, Geaney. MS WILLIAMS: Geaney, G-E-A-N-E-Y. BENCH: Now just give me your name again, please? DEFENDANT: Geaney J C. BENCH: All right, I’ll recall this matter. It’s been before the Court a couple of times since it was before me. MS WILLIAMS: Yes, your Honour. I’ve provided Mr Geaney with the brief of evidence this morning here at Court. Perhaps an adjournment for Mr Geaney to consider the material would be appropriate. BENCH: The file notes that on the last occasion there was some delay in examination of computer. Is the brief complete now, is it? MS WILLIAMS: It is a complete brief, yes, your Honour BENCH: All right. MS WILLIAMS: and that was provided to him this morning. BENCH: I think I’ve been through this before with you, Mr Geaney, but now that you have the entire brief DEFENDANT: Yes. BENCH: these are the options open to you, just to reiterate them. You can take that brief to a legal advisor and get some advice about it DEFENDANT: Yes. BENCH: and then if, for example, the advice is, “Well, look, we think you should plead, Mr Geaney”, you can do that yourself if you wanted to, if you can’t afford to engage DEFENDANT: Yes. BENCH: a solicitor. Alternatively, you could have a solicitor represent you. DEFENDANT: Yes. I’d like to read the following statement, please, your Honour, if I might. BENCH: No, no, I don’t need anything now, Mr Geaney. This is only a mention. What is that statement about? Is it about the case? DEFENDANT: WorldInternetAuthority.com commences legal litigation against the following entities: National Australia Bank for $7.6 billion. BENCH: No, no, no, hang on DEFENDANT: Johnson & Johnson Subsidiaries for $3.7 BENCH: Mr Geaney, just -excuse me, Mr Geaney DEFENDANT: billion. Queensland Health BENCH: Excuse me. DEFENDANT: for $1.76 billion BENCH: Just adjourn the Court. Just adjourn the Court. DEFENDANT: plus legal costs and expenses for a total of $13.7 billion. Thank you, your Honour. THE COURT ADJOURNED THE COURT RESUMED PORTION OF PROCEEDINGS NOT RECORDED BENCH: …I was explaining to you, Ma’am. Are you UNIDENTIFIED SPEAKER: I’m a staff member at the Townsville Community Mental Health. BENCH: Okay. I understand there are some issues, Mr Geaney, and I’m trying to assist you. DEFENDANT: Yes. BENCH: You may recall on the last occasion I did the same. These charges are – will be dealt with in one of a number of ways. I don’t know I need to go through it all again, but do you recall what I said, the options? DEFENDANT: Yes, your Honour. Options. BENCH: Okay. Well, to get some advice about it DEFENDANT: Yes. BENCH: then to come to Court yourself DEFENDANT: Yes. BENCH: and to make submissions relating to the matters. Not unrelated matters. Alternatively, if you say on your – you can stay seated. Alternatively, on the – if on the legal advice, you have a good defence, you simply ask then for a date for the matters to be listed for hearing. DEFENDANT: Yes. BENCH: You don’t want to -surely you don’t want to be coming to Court time after time after time. And these matters need to be brought to a head, and with proper advice and proper consideration, and even discussion. See, you may not agree with some of the things that are said. You may say well, look, this occurred, or that occurred, but these things you say here are wrong. They’re the sorts of things that you have a case conference about, that you talk about, and try and resolve it to a stage, perhaps, where finally you and the prosecution agree on a set of facts and the matter proceeds. If you do not agree and you are too far apart and your position is totally different to the prosecution, you will then have to have a trial date. Now, I urge you to get some advice DEFENDANT: Yes, your Honour. BENCH: and we’ll set this – how long do you think you’ll need to do that? DEFENDANT: Seven weeks, your Honour. BENCH: Why would you want that long? DEFENDANT: So I can go over the brief, your Honour, and BENCH: Is it a fairly lengthy brief, is it? DEFENDANT: Comprehensive brief, your Honour, yes. BENCH: I don’t know you’d need seven weeks, Mr Geaney. DEFENDANT: Three weeks, your Honour. BENCH: But I’m certainly prepared to give you at least a month. DEFENDANT: Yes. MS WILLIAMS: Perhaps the 6th of August, your Honour. BENCH: 6th of August. That’s ample. DEFENDANT: Yes. BENCH: And please make sure you – well, can you indicate to him, or do you intend to at least talk to a lawyer about this after you’ve had a look at it? DEFENDANT: Yes, your Honour. BENCH: All right, thank you. DEFENDANT: Thank you, your Honour. BENCH: So you’ll be remanded now to 9.30 on the – what is it DEFENDANT: 6th of August. BENCH: 6th of August, and I’ll note the file about the advice of what I’ve suggested to you. DEFENDANT: Yes. BENCH: And your bail’s enlarged to that date, and you must be here. Okay? DEFENDANT: Thank you very much, your Honour. BENCH: Thank you.