Cow Bay man sues over road
A MAN who is suing Cairns Regional Council for almost $900,000 over a road crash near the Daintree River is facing extradition to his native Poland on unrelated dangerous driving charges more than 20 years after the fact.
Bogdan Kazimierz Odrobinski was remanded in custody earlier this month after appearing in the Cairns Magistrates’ Court, where he told his lawyer he was shocked at the turn of events.
In a separate case, the Cow Bay man launched legal action against Cairns Regional Council in May last year seeking almost $900,000 in compensation after he was involved in a car crash on the Cape Tribulation Rd, which he alleged had not been maintained properly.
Defence solicitor Paul Richardson, who was acting for Mr Odrobinski as a friend of the court, said the man was not able to demonstrate the special circumstances required to be granted bail while awaiting extradition proceedings.
Mr Richardson said he had held talks with Legal Aid and Mr Odrobinski would apply for the agency to take over the case.
‘‘They are . . . trying to find someone who has more expertise in this area of law,’’ Mr Richardson said. The allegations in Poland are the equivalent of a dangerous operation of a motor vehicle charge in Queensland. The alleged incident occurred in 1992. Australia has an extradition treaty with Poland and must co-operate if the offence warrants more than one year imprisonment.
A lawyer represented Australia’s Attorney- General, Polish authorities and the Commonwealth Department of Public Prosecutions via telephone at court proceedings. The case was adjourned to September 23. Mr Odrobinski’s case against the council is still before the Cairns Supreme Court and documents were filed on his behalf in May.
He is seeking $891,914 for physical and mental injuries after crashing his car in wet conditions about 11pm on May 14, 2008, after which he was trapped inside the vehicle with water flowing through for seven hours.