Olympian’s wife goes free

The Courier-Mail - - NEWS -

THE wife of for­mer Olympic swim­mer Neil Brooks has walked free from a Bris­bane court and is set to fly out to her lux­u­ri­ous Bali villa.

Linda Brooks, 45, was in Bris­bane Mag­is­trates Court yes­ter­day, charged with de­fraud­ing Gold Coast busi­ness­man Glenn Melcheck of $1.95 mil­lion in 2008. She has been charged with her hus­band.

Mrs Brooks was granted bail yes­ter­day by Mag­is­trate Suzette Coates, and Queens­land Po­lice re­turned her pass­port so she could re­turn to Bali where she “has sig­nif­i­cant busi­ness in­ter­ests”.

Lawyer Daniel Han­nay told the court Mrs Brooks had “fears of ret­ri­bu­tion” and for the safety of her nine-year-old son, ask­ing that her Ba­li­nese ad­dress be sup­pressed from pub­li­ca­tion. Mag­is­trate Coates de­clined: “Why? It is an open court, it is like any­body else, I ask them what their ad­dress is.”

The case will re­turn to court on De­cem­ber 11, but the Brooks are not re­quired to ap­pear.

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