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July 14th, 2018 by admin

‘Constellation of medical conditions’ delays Eddie Obeid’s sentence hearing

Eddie Obeid leaves court after being found guilty. Photo: Ben Rushton Eddie Obeid with members of his family and legal team during the trial. Photo: Peter Rae
Nanjing Night Net

Moses Obeid faces a committal hearing with his father in December as well. Photo: Peter Rae

The sentencing hearing of former Labor powerbroker Eddie Obeid has been delayed once again due to a “constellation of medical conditions” and claims that prison will reduce his life expectancy.

Obeid was due to face a sentencing hearing on Thursday, having already had an August hearing delayed due to his suffering a stroke days before the hearing.

However, on Wednesday Justice Robert Beech-Jones was informed that the matter would be delayed again as Crown prosecutor Peter Morris SC needed to consult his own experts after learning Obeid had been diagnosed with a range of new medical conditions.

Justice Beech-Jones told the Supreme Court that Dr David Rosen had diagnosed Obeid with a “constellation of medical conditions” and that because of a combination of Obeid’s age and his medical issues any jail term should be substantially reduced.

The Crown is calling for a full-time custodial sentence for Obeid.

In June the former State Labor minister was found guilty of misconduct in public office for concealing his family’s business interest in two Circular Quay cafes when lobbying a senior bureaucrat.

The court heard that in his report Dr Rosen, a neurologist from Prince of Wales Private Hospital, Randwick, stated that the life expectancy of Obeid, 72, was between 76.6 and 77.7 years of age.

Dr Rosen cited an American prison study which concluded that for every 12 months a prisoner spent in custody, his life expectancy was reduced by 2 years.

Justice Beech-Jones expressed frustration at the fresh delay in the matter.

“There is a strong, if not overwhelming public interest that the period between a finding of guilt and the administration of punishment should be minimised.”

He said that while he understood that the significance of the new medical issues had to be dealt with by the Crown, the delay in this matter was not in the public interest.

Mr Morris indicated that Obeid would be examined by a gerontologist on October 11.

Justice Beech-Jones also criticised both the Crown and the defence for not complying with court orders about the completion and exchange of submissions in the matter.

“These are not guidelines to be passed over….they are to be complied with,’ said the judge, who ordered both parties to file submissions by November 18.

The matter has been listed for hearing on 1 December with the judge adamant that Obeid would be sentenced this year.

Obeid, his son Moses and former mining minister Ian Macdonald will also face a separate two-week committal hearing commencing on December 5.

The trio were criminally charged after a lengthy corruption inquiry into the granting of a mining licence which delivered a $30 million windfall for the Obeid family.

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