Murdered teen's neighbour pleads not guilty to perjury

A FORMER neighbour of murdered Toowoomba teenager Annette Mason has pleaded not guilty to perjury today in the Brisbane District Court.

Gold Coast woman Karen Leslie Symonds lived a few doors from the house shared by Miss Mason and three other young women on Anzac Avenue in Toowoomba at the time of the murder.

The 15-year-old's body was found in her bed on November 19, 1989.

She had been bludgeoned with a piece of wood and had sustained a number of head wounds.

There was evidence Miss Mason had been sexually assaulted prior to being murdered.

Symonds is accused of giving false testimony to a Queensland Crime Commission hearing on February, 19, 1999.

Crown Prosecutor Ken Spinaze told the court about 16 witness will be called over the course of the trial which is expected to last between three and four days.

Judge Hugh Botting has adjourned the matter until tomorrow at 10am where the crown will make their opening statements.

Despite 20 years of police investigations and a 1991 coroner's inquest, the murder remains unsolved.


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