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Louise Owen to face jury over 2012 fatal crash at Casino

LOUISE Owen will stand trial in front of a jury in Lismore District Court for charges relating to a fatal car crash in Casino in 2012.

The charges include dangerous driving occasioning death, negligent driving occasioning death and not keeping to the left of the dividing line.

Ms Owen's barrister Gemunu Kumarasinhe requested the trial be held without a jury as the key evidence relied on complex medical and accident reconstruction engineering reports.

However the crown prosecutor requested the trial be held in front of a jury, arguing the evidence would not be so complicated it would prevent it from being understood.

He said the reports would determine whether or not Ms Owen fainted before the crash.

Judge L Wells denied the defence's application for the trial to be held in front of a judge alone.

She said neither report was so technically complex that it could not be understood by a jury.

"Looking at the reports, it seems to me neither is so technical or complex that the evidence could not be explained to a jury," Judge Wells said.

"Any difficulty in relation to the technical nature of the evidence can be assisted by proper explanation on behalf of the experts... and providing various aids towards juror comprehension."

Evidence is expected to be given today and the trial to take two weeks.


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