'Snore and order' barrister says sorry for inquest sleep

The fatal crash scene.
The fatal crash scene. David Nielsen

A SENIOR Brisbane barrister has apologised for falling asleep and snoring during an inquest into the death of a professional race car driver Sean Edwards.

David Tait QC is representing Mr Edwards's family and had to be woken by the lawyer assisting him during the second day of the inquest on Tuesday.

The headline Snore and Order accompanied a photo of him splashed across the front page of Queensland's The Courier-Mail newspaper on Wednesday.

The report said the QC, who charged up to $10,000 a day, admitted to nodding off while a witness he did not want to question was giving evidence.

At the start of proceedings this morning, Mr Tait apologised to the court, the bar table and all parties involves for his discourtesy.

But he said he did not agree with the journalist who suggested his snoring was the most important thing that happened at the inquiry that day.

He said the death of his client's son was the most important issue.

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