The trial of a man alleged to have murdered businessman Peter John Davis has been delayed so his brother can join him in the dock.
Ambrose John Clarke was due to stand trial in May over the murder of Mr Davis, whose body was found in a car boot outside a Rivervale motel in May 2011.
But during a status conference in the Supreme Court this morning, Mr Clarke's May trial was vacated so his brother 46-year-old Xavier Gerard Clarke, who was charged over the murder last month, can stand trial alongside him.
In court this morning, Xavier Clarke's defence lawyer Tony Elliott said it was appropriate for the pair to have a joint trial.
Mr Elliott told the court the prosecution's case included 30 volumes of documents and four terabytes of digital information.
"I'm not going to be able to get a decent run at this until about August because of other commitments," he said.He told the court based on his instructions, Xavier Clarke would be pleading not guilty to the charge.
Prosecutor Carmel Barbagallo said the trial may take between 10 and 12 weeks, with the court told a new trial date was unlikely to take place before the second half of 2013.
Justice Lindy Jenkins listed the case for another status conference next month.Xavier Clarke is expected to appear in the Stirling Gardens Magistrate's Court on March 27 while Ambrose Clarke will reappear in the Supreme Court for the status conference on April 4.
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