Perth socialite Rose Porteous will be well enough to face trial later this year on charges of altering a prescription, a court has been told.
Ms Porteous has previously pleaded not guilty to fraudulently altering a prescription for the drug Hypnovel last June.
She was also unable to attend court in March, when her lawyer Shane Brennan presented the court with a letter from his client’s psychiatrist saying Ms Porteous was suffering from a suspected “brain stroke”.
NOTE: Is there any other kind?
Magistrate Paul Heaney then rescheduled the case until today to set a new trial date, saying that if Ms Porteous was not able to set a new trial date, she would need more than the psychiatrist’s letter to show she was too sick.
Today Mr Brennan told Registrar Warren Southwell his client would be well enough to face trial.
He also said she needed more than one day to defend the charges.
“It depends on how things transpire,” Mr Brennan said.
“There’s convoluted medical evidence for a start.”
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Mr Southwell set the trial down for October 16 and 17.
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Mr Brennan said he had been unable to give warning before the January trial.
“Unfortunately the state of my client’s illness was not apparent until close to the trial date,” Mr Brennan said.