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New evidence sees hit and run truckie case adjourned

Geoffrey Sleba stands accused of causing the death of a cyclist.
Geoffrey Sleba stands accused of causing the death of a cyclist. Warwick Daily News

TODAY: Two days into the trial of a truck driver who allegedly hit a cyclist and left him for dead, the case has been adjourned.

Geoffrey Joseph Sleba's defence counsel told Judge Deborah Richards new evidence had been sprung on them by the Crown which could change the course of the trial.

A jury was empanelled yesterday but dismissed after lunch today when Judge Richards granted the adjournment.

The case is due to be reheard in Warwick District Court during the next available sittings, which could be as late as February next year.

The trial of the 44-year-old accused of leaving Dr Martin Pearson, 61, for dead on the Inglewood-Millmerran Rd on Anzac Day 2014 was expected to last a week before being adjourned.

Sleba, a father of eight, was released on bail.

Dr Pearson's family and supporters were present for both days of the trial.

YESTERDAY: A jury has been empanelled for the trial of a truck driver accused of hitting a cyclist and leaving him for dead.

The jury of four men and eight women will decide the fate of Geoffrey Joseph Sleba, who pleaded not guilty yesterday morning to the dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing death before leaving the scene.

The jury was sworn in shortly before 11am, though spent only minutes on their bench before being directed to leave the courtroom for more than an hour.

The trial of the 44-year-old accused of leaving Dr Martin Pearson, 61, for dead on the Inglewood-Millmerran Rd on Anzac Day 2014 will continue from 10am today with a number of witnesses set to take the stand.

Police allege the Lowood veterinarian was participating in a cycling event when Sleba's road train struck and killed him.

Sleba, a father of eight, is accused leaving the scene without getting medical help.

The truck driver was arrested in his Kingsthorpe home and charged on July 10, 2014, and was granted bail the next day.

He appeared in court in a black suit and tie with the support of his family.

Dr Pearson's wife, Sandy Vigar, and a number of her supporters also sat in the back of the courtroom.

The high-profile trial is expected to last a week.

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