The Courier-Mail

Trial setback as barrister in tumble

- VANESSA MARSH

THE extortion trial of former reality television contestant Suzi Taylor has suffered a delay after her co-accused’s barrister took a tumble outside of court.

Former The Block contestant Suellen Jan Taylor, 50, and her coaccused Eli Ebrahimi, 24, pleaded not guilty on Monday to five charges each, including extortion and fraud on the first day of their trial in the Brisbane District Court.

A jury had been empanelled and the case was due to open Monday afternoon.

However, Ebrahimi’s defence barrister Peter Nolan took a fall while crossing George St outside the court in the lunch break and had to be taken to hospital via ambulance. It’s understood he suffered an injury to his knee after tripping over a raised divider between the bike lane and roadway.

The court heard that it was unknown how much time it would take for Mr Nolan to recover. Judge Suzanne Sheridan discharged the jury and the case was relisted for trial on Tuesday when another jury will be empanelled.

Taylor and Ebrahimi have pleaded not guilty to charges of deprivatio­n of liberty, assault occasionin­g bodily harm in company, attempted fraud, extortion and fraud.

The charges relate to an alleged incident at New Farm in October 2019.

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