My sister’s keeper: Brain surgeon Charlie Teo’s daughter, 24, is shielded by her older sibling as she faces court for ‘running over a notorious ex-bikie’ – after hiring a top-flight barrister
- Nicola Teo, 24, faced court for the first time after allegedly running over ex-bikie
- William ‘Jock’ Ross was placed in an induced coma and intubated after accident
- Police claim Ms Teo was driving on the wrong side of the road on September 25
- Huddled with her lawyer, mother and older sister at a cafe before proceedings
- Represented by barrister Nicholas Baltinos, who counts Apple founder as mate
The daughter of brain surgeon Charlie Teo has faced court for the first time, arriving arm-in-arm with her older sister and represented by a top-flight barrister.
Nicola Teo, 24, fronted a western Sydney court on Thursday mother, supported by her mother Genevieve and sister Alex, but without her famous father in tow.
Ms Teo is facing possible jail time after police alleged she ran over the founder of the Comanchero bikie gang, William ‘Jock’ Ross, on September 25.
She ran a gauntlet of media out the front of the court room and sat among an array of tattooed accused criminals as she waited for the complex to open.
Speaking on the dog walking businesswoman’s behalf today was Nicholas Baltinos, a barrister who counts Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak among his close mates.
My sister’s keeper: Nicola Teo walked arm-in-arm with her older sibling Alex as she faced charges which prosecutors say could carry jail time
The Teo sisters said not a word as Nicola was peppered with questions about whether she ‘had a message’ for Jock Ross, the Comanchero founder she allegedly injured
Ms Teo’s mother Genevieve joined her at court today – but her father, renowned brain surgeon Dr Charlie Teo, was not there
Ms Teo and her family had made an early 60km jaunt from their home in Queens Park – a posh part of Sydney’s east – to Windsor, to huddle with a solicitor at a cafe.
It was a far less memorable drive than Ms Teo’s on September 25, when police allege she struck Ross while driving on the wrong side of the road for about 100 to 200m.
She was charged that day with dangerous driving and negligent driving occasioning grievous bodily harm.
Prosecutors claim she refused to give particulars to police and also charged her with not keeping left of a dividing line.
Prosecutors believe they have a ‘strong prosecution case with both witnesses, physical evidence and CCTV footage of the collision’, court documents said.
Ms Teo was granted police bail with the strict condition she is ‘not to occupy the driver’s/riders’ seat of any motor vehicle’ as part of her conditional release.
Ms Teo huddled with a lawyer and her family after making the long drive out to Windsor
Ms Teo’s barrister, Nicholas Baltinos, is close friends with Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak and has previously brought him into Dr Teo’s brain surgery
Comanchero bikie gang founder William ‘Jock’ Ross was seriously injured in the crash, requiring two bouts of lifesaving surgery, including an operation dealing with major trauma to his pelvis
Mr Baltinos today successfully applied to make a minor change to his client’s bail conditions relating to how close she can get to an airport.
Ms Teo refused to answer questions
Ross’ injuries were serious, requiring two bouts of lifesaving surgery, including an operation dealing with major trauma to his pelvis.
His daughter Holly Gittany told News Corp earlier this month her dad ‘remains intubated in a stable condition in Intensive Care at Westmead Hospital.
‘Mum, my brother and I are by my bedside.’ The family has declined to give an update since.
Ms Teo was in the area for her dog-walking business at the time of the incident, which occurred about 3.30pm.
Ms Teo was freed on bail and court documents revealed she ‘is not to occupy the drivers/riders seat of any motor vehicle’ as part of her conditional release
Ms Teo was charged with dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm, negligent driving occasioning grievous bodily harm, and other less serious crimes