May 18, 2021, 20:15

Shock development in trial of ex-Block star

Shock development in trial of ex-Block star

Divorce, bankruptcy and citizenship issues – these are all matters that might land you in court. But not all courts are created equal.

Ali Ebrahimi, the co-accused of Block star Suzi Taylor, has made a shock request during his trial.Source:News Corp Australia

Proceedings in the trial of ex-Block star Suzi Taylor have taken a turn after her co-accused, Ali Ebrahimi, decided he would represent himself for the rest of the trial.

Ms Taylor and Mr Ebrahimi are on trial at Brisbane District Court over an alleged extortion ordeal at a New Farm apartment in October 2019.

Both have pleaded not guilty to extortion, deprivation of liberty, fraud, attempted fraud and assault occasioning bodily harm.

Suzi Taylor (real name Suellen Jan Taylor) and her co-accused Ali Ebrahimi are accused of extorting and assaulting a man during an escort date gone wrong in 2019.Source:Supplied

During Tuesday’s proceedings, the jury was told Mr Ebrahimi would be representing himself for the remainder of the trial.

Both defendants chose not to give evidence when the crown closed their case.

Ali Ebrahimi leaves the Brisbane Supreme court. Mr Ebrahimi is an alleged co accused in a trial with former Block contestant Suzi Taylor. Picture: NCA NewsWire /Jono SearleSource:News Corp Australia

It is alleged Ms Taylor and Mr Ebrahimi extorted a man who had contacted Ms Taylor for sex using an escort service in 2019.

The alleged victim, David Butler, gave evidence he was tied up, assaulted and kept in Ms Taylor’s New Farm apartment for hours on October 30, 2019 after getting into a dispute over payment.

The alleged victim David Butler leaves the Brisbane District Court. Picture: NCA NewsWire /Jono SearleSource:News Corp Australia

It is further alleged $950 was withdrawn from Mr Butler’s bank account and a further $250 was missing from his wallet at the end of the night.

Lawyers acting for the defendants grilled Mr Butler over allegations he lied to police about previously contacting Ms Taylor on other dating sites prior to meeting her on October 30.

Ms Taylor (pictured) and Mr Ebrahimi have pleaded not guilty to charges including extortion, deprivation of liberty and assault occasioning bodily harm.Source:News Corp Australia

Neighbours in the area gave evidence last week they heard yelling and screaming from the apartment close to 5.30am that morning.

Mr Ebrahimi is alleged to have sent texts to Ms Taylor urging her to “make sure he (Mr Butler) pays every hour”.

The trial continues.


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