Barbara McCulkin
Barbara McCulkin

McCulkin murders case adjourned following legal issues

3:30 PM: 

THE committal hearing for two men charged over the cold case murder of Barbara McCulkin and her two daughters from 1974 has been adjourned until tomorrow after legal discussions were held in closed court today.

The committal hearing for Warwick man Vincent O'Dempsey, 77, and Torbanlea man Garry Reginald Dubois, 68, was closed to the public this morning.

At times the court was also closed to the accused men's defence barristers.

The court reopened this afternoon when the Magistrate said he had heard legal arguments throughout the day.

He then adjourned  the case until tomorrow morning.

The committal hearing, which started last Monday, will resume at 9.30am tomorrow.

 

1:00 PM: Legal issues keep court hearing closed 

LEGAL discussions in the alleged murder case of Barbara McCulkin and her two daughters have been held in closed court in Brisbane this morning.

The committal hearing for Warwick man Vincent O'Dempsey and Torbanlea man Garry Reginald Dubois was closed to the public this morning.

At times the court was also closed to the accused men's defence barristers.

Last week legal issues arose when a police officer was giving evidence about a recorded conversation he and another police officer had with Kerri-Anne Scully, who is Mr O'Dempsey's former partner.

Ms Scully, a former Warwick woman, is a prosecution witness and gave evidence last week and told the court that Mr O'Dempsey had once admitted to her that he was "good" for the McCulkin murders.

The case was adjourned on Friday when a police officer refused to answer certain questions while under cross examination about a recorded conversation he had had with Ms Scully.

The hearing is expected to continue after lunch.

 

McCulkin murders: Hearing into how mum and daughters died

A COURT hearing will recommence this morning for two men charged with the cold case murders of Barbara McCulkin and her two daughters, who disappeared from their home in January 1974.

Warwick man Vincent O'Dempsey, 77, and Torbanlea man Garry Reginald Dubois, 68, have been charged with murdering Barbara and her daughters, aged 13 and 11.

Dubois grew up in Mackay.

The committal hearing adjourned on Friday after a police officer witness  refused to answer questions under cross examination.

He said he could not answer the questions, about a conversation he had with one of the prosecution's main witnesses, because of legal reasons.

It is expected the committal hearing will finish within the next two days.

Prosecution witnesses gave evidence last week and it is expected two more police witnesses will take the stand today.


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