SA lawyer on trial for defrauding estates

Adelaide lawyer Stephen McNamara is on trial accused of defrauding $850,000 from deceased estates

An Adelaide lawyer defrauded $850,000 from two deceased estates by fabricating investments on their behalf, a court has heard.

Stephen McNamara is on trial in the South Australian District Court charged with multiple counts of theft, aggravated theft and using fabricated evidence.

In opening the trial on Tuesday, prosecutor James Slocombe told the jury McNamara abused the trust placed in him to dishonestly use the money for mortgage repayments, staff wages and other personal expenses.