Case for alleged looting at the Royal set back

SOME 17 witnesses will give evidence in Gympie Magistrates Court on September 3 in relation to the looting of the Royal Hotel during the January floods.

Nathan John Caulfield, 25, of Chatsworth , faced Gympie Magistrates Court on Tuesday as his legal representation requested a hearing date for about three months' time.

The court heard the defence was still working through dense paperwork relating to the four charges Mr Caulfield faces for alleged offences on January 28 in Mary St.

Mr Caulfield allegedly entered and stole from the Royal Hotel while the building was flooded during the 2013 Australia Day long weekend.

He also allegedly damaged property while at the Mary St premises.

The charges include stealing by looting, trespassing, wilfully destroying a fire extinguisher and committing a high risk activity by swimming in floodwater.

The matter was adjourned on Tuesday, with a hearing set down for September 3.

The court heard Mr Caulfield will also face one charge of drink driving and will face Gympie Magistrates Court for that offence on August 27.