Australian Olympic champion Neil Brooks to face trial over $1.95m fraud allegation | Queensland

There have already been allegations made in courtroom of bikie bashings and media harassment.

However former Olympian Neil Brooks claimed that was the tip of the iceberg after he and his spouse have been dedicated to face trial over an alleged enterprise fraud price nearly $2m.

Brooks mentioned he appeared ahead to the entire story being advised after his barrister unsuccessfully argued his purchasers had no case to reply at Brisbane magistrates courtroom on Wednesday.

Brooks, 60, and his spouse, Linda, have been accused of constructing dishonest representations to induce Glenn Melcheck and his spouse to pay $1.95m and purchase 50% of their sports activities merchandise firm in 2008.

The corporate collapsed months later.

Brisbane Magistrates Court.
Neil Brooks and his spouse Linda will now face trial over an alleged enterprise fraud. {Photograph}: Dan Peled/AAP

Defence barrister Chris Wilson made the no-case submission after a late 2022 committal listening to was advised of allegations about Melcheck.

In 2010 Brooks’ nostril was damaged after being jumped on the Gold Coast by bikies employed by Melcheck, the committal heard.

And in 2012 Melcheck spoke to the 9 Community – which later did a narrative on the fraud allegations – in a bid to get the media to “hound” Brooks, Wilson advised the listening to.

Melcheck didn’t present a written assertion to police concerning the fraud claims till March 2016, the courtroom heard.

Greater than 5 years after being charged, Brooks and his spouse have been dedicated to face trial on one depend of fraud.

“Clearly actually dissatisfied right now. We had hoped for a greater final result,” Brooks mentioned outdoors courtroom.

“In some methods it’s just the start.

“Perhaps the entire story is meant to be advised … [what was said] at committal, it’s simply the tip of the iceberg of what has occurred right here.”

Wilson had advised the courtroom there was not sufficient proof to place his purchasers on trial.

He mentioned there have been inconsistencies, noting Melcheck had advised the committal he largely relied on the Brooks’ enterprise proposal paperwork when deciding to purchase an organization stake.

Melcheck advised a separate civil courtroom case he had relied principally on his accountant’s recommendation, Wilson mentioned.

The accountant had refused to offer proof, the courtroom heard.

Wilson mentioned the accountant was vital to the Brooks’ case, and in his absence his purchasers couldn’t lawfully be convicted on the proof.

He conceded the funding proposal paperwork have been “exaggerated and inflated”, however mentioned Brooks and his spouse had not authorised for them to be offered – or personally gave them – to the Melchecks.

Statue of Themis, the Greek God of justice.
Neil and Linda Brooks have pleaded not responsible. {Photograph}: Dave Hunt/AAP

Justice of the Peace Peter Saggers mentioned he was glad there was a prima facie case for the couple to face trial in Brisbane district courtroom, at a date to be mounted.

“The inconsistencies in that proof are for the jury to resolve,” he mentioned.

After being launched in late 2007 by a 3rd get together, the Brooks and Melchecks had quite a lot of conferences earlier than an settlement was signed in January 2008, the committal heard.

Days later the Melchecks paid a $50,000 deposit earlier than settling the deal in February, just for the corporate to fail in a couple of months.

Saggers on Wednesday mentioned it “struck me as being weird” the Melchecks paid nearly $2m in about two weeks.

Brooks and his spouse have pleaded not responsible.

“The Justice of the Peace determined that Mr Melcheck’s credibility shall be determined by a jury which we welcome and stay up for – the struggle continues,” Brooks mentioned.

Brooks earned fame as a part of Australia’s “Imply Machine” freestyle relay staff, profitable 1980 Olympic gold earlier than turning into a number one TV sport presenter.