Tindallgate bouncer hearing postponed again

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The Queenstown bouncer embroiled in the Mike Tindall CCTV footage saga has scored another two weeks’ breather from the legal system. 

Jonathan Dixon’s status hearing has been adjourned in Queenstown District Court today (Monday) after his Invercargill-based lawyer Jono Ross successfully appealed for more time. 

Dixon faces one charge of unlawfully obtaining video surveillance footage from Altitude Bar that captured England rugby star Mike Tindall – married to royal Zara Phillips – cavorting with another blonde woman. The blonde was later named as his old university flame Jessica Palmer. 

Dixon is pleading not guilty to the charge. 

Ross told Judge Kevin Phillips that he was only appointed last Friday and had not had time to review disclosure information like CCTV footage and other documents. 

He also asked to defer the matter of whether Dixon would choose a trial by judge or by jury. 

Judge Phillips said that the matter has already dragged on far too long already but that he had no option but to  postpone the case for two weeks. 

He also refused an application by media group Fairfax to film the status hearing. 

Dixon had opposed the filming because it could prejudice his right to a fair trial, Ross says. 

Judge Phillips says: “It could be said that there’s already been enough coverage. Mr Dixon has availed himself to the most publicity he can get.” 

But the fact remained that a status hearing is not an appropriate time for filming.