The Courier-Mail

I’m guilty of distractio­n, Your Honour Snorer apologises for outbursts

- VANDA CARSON

THE snoring QC who is believed to charge $10,000 a day has apologised for his “discourtes­y” while criticisin­g The Courier-Mail for choosing to write about his sleepiness.

At the start of the third day of the hearing into the death of race car driver Sean Edwards yesterday, David Tait QC, apologised for creating an unwanted “distractio­n” from the evidence by snoring.

Addressing deputy coroner John Lock he said: “Your Honour, no doubt you have seen this morning’s paper, I wish to apologise to Your Honour firstly and to the court for my discourtes­y.

“I apologise also to my profession­al colleagues at the bar table. The Courier-Mail journalist who accosted me yesterday said it was the most important thing that happened yesterday in court, I don’t agree with that.

“What is much more important is the death of Sean Edwards, the injuries to William Holzheimer, and I wish to apologise to the Holzheimer family and Dr (John) Tetley ( CEO of Queensland Raceways), all of whom are under pressure in this case and don’t need distractio­ns such that I have caused and I deeply apologise for it.”

Mr Tait is representi­ng the family of British race car driver Sean Edwards who was killed in a fiery crash at Queensland Raceway at Willowbank in October 2013.

Edwards, an accomplish­ed Porsche race car driver and son of Formula 1 legend Guy Edwards, told a mechanic the brakes on his car “didn’t feel right” and were soft, the day before he was a passenger when it smashed into a barrier at 220km/h. The car exploded into flames after missing the final turn at the raceway.

The Porsche was driven by 20-year-old amateur driver Will Holzheimer who was originally ordered to give evidence, but has been excused because it could trigger feelings of guilt over

the incident.

 ??  ?? NO DOZE: David Tait QC yesterday apologised for sleeping during a coroner’s inquest.
NO DOZE: David Tait QC yesterday apologised for sleeping during a coroner’s inquest.

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