Elderly prisoner appeals fraud conviction

A 72-YEAR-OLD man who conducted business meetings at Caboolture and was jailed for fraud last year is fighting to be released from prison.

After almost nine months in jail, Robert Alexander Cowley told the Court of Appeal in Brisbane on Friday he "just wants to restore his life".

Cowley, who represented himself, is trying to appeal his conviction with nine months of his sentence to go.

A jury found him guilty of cheating a man out of 100,000 euros.

During his trial the court heard he told the man he would increase his capital and receive a 70% return.

The court also heard Cowley agreed if the man did not receive a return, he would at least receive his investment back.

But on Friday Cowley continued to strenuously deny he committed fraud, saying he did not want to take the man's money.

He argued he had never been convicted of a financial crime.

Cowley said prison life had been hard on him, especially at his age.

He tried to introduce new evidence, including documents, to prove his innocence.

But Justice Catherine Holmes queried how the new evidence could be trusted as authentic when in an email Cowley said he would made up names for a business to sound like a law firm.

Cowley denied any wrongdoing and described it as just a "cavalier" email.

He said he would not have been able to make up evidence while preparing for his case in prison.

The Court of Appeal reserved its judgment.

- APN NEWSDESK


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