LulzSec’s Australian leader gets July court date

LulzSec “leader” Matthew Flannery will get his date in court this July and it emerged that the trial will last just two days.

The Register reports that Flannery, who works under the name Aush0k, will be tried at the Gosford Local Court after the Commonwealth Department of Public Prosecutions [DPP] downgraded the venue from the district court.

Getting a date is a triumph in itself as the DPP has continually moved to adjourn the case and that was despite the air of triumph when the Australian Federal Police [AFP] got its man last year.

The 24-year-old was originally identified by the AFP as “leader” of LulzSec after it arrested him for attacking a government website, which it later emerged was the site of a small regional council in New South Wales.

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AFP went on to state that the IT professional was a “significant risk” to clients of the company he was employed by, Content Security, and it meant the firm went public to state that he was on probation for three months and had no access to customer data in that time.

In addition to the court date and venue being revealed, Finnery’s bail conditions have been relaxed and the number of charges has also been reduced, according to the Newcastle Herald, and it has led Finnery’s solicitor to question the AFP’s motives.

“Given the guns blazing attitude the police and prosecution had when he was first charged, we’re now down to a handful of matters”, said Manny Conditsis, his solicitor.

At the time of his arrest it was thought Flannery would serve approximately 12 years in prison for the two counts of unauthorised modification of data to cause impairment and a single count of unauthorised access to, or modification of, restricted data.

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