Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Mark Standen tells court his financial situation was not 'desperate

Katherine Danks From: The Daily Telegraph July 06, 2011 1:45PM

FORMER assistant crime commissioner Mark Standen says his financial situation was not desperate, despite being unable to keep up with his loan repayments.

Standen, 54, is being questioned about his finances during his second day of cross-examination by Crown Prosecutor Tim Game SC at his Supreme Court drugs trial.

The court was told Standen defaulted on a number of loan repayments in 2007 and 2008 and that police seized numerous final notices and threats to cut off services.

Standen said his personal finances may not have made sense to other people, and that there were always bills and they always piled up.

"I don't equate a non-payment as being desperate. It's not consistent with the approach that I took to paying bills generally," he told the court.

Standen is accused of conspiring with friend Bill Jalalaty and criminal informant Henry James Kinch of conspiring to bring 120 million worth of the drug ice into Australia in 2008.

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