IN CUSTODY: Vince O’Dempsey pictured just after his arrest in relation to the McCulkin cold case.
IN CUSTODY: Vince O’Dempsey pictured just after his arrest in relation to the McCulkin cold case. CHANNEL

O'Dempsey could make bail bid for Christmas

ACCUSED murderer and drug trafficker Vincent O'Dempsey could spend Christmas behind bars, with his lawyer only saying a bail application was under "ongoing consideration".

Lawyer Terry O'Gorman appeared in the Warwick Magistrates Court by telephone yesterday representing O'Dempsey and co-accused Keith Patrick McVeigh.

Neither O'Dempsey, 76, nor McVeigh, 55, were required to appear in court and remain in custody.

The pair and a third co-accused, Warren Peter McDonald, face a litany of drug charges, including possessing, producing and trafficking dangerous drugs.

The men were arrested earlier this month.

It is alleged the trio were behind a large marijuana plantation at Karara between 1996 and 1998 and another at Emu Vale from 2003 until 2014.

O'Dempsey was also allegedly found to be in possession of marijuana and a large sum of money located in a buried shipping container during a search of a Massie property.

McDonald, 44, is free on Supreme Court bail after a successful application last week and it is expected McVeigh will make an application for bail in the same court on Thursday.

It is unclear if Vince O'Dempsey will make a similar application or will remain behind bars until his matters are finalised.

Mr O'Gorman yesterday told the Warwick court he was waiting on police briefs so the matter could be advanced.

Police Prosecutor Ken Wiggan advised that the complexity of the matter meant briefs would take some time to generate, requesting a three-month adjournment.

Mr O'Gorman suggested six weeks would be more appropriate.

Magistrate Bevan Manthey ordered the matters for all three men be mentioned in the court again on January 5.

Meanwhile, Mr O'Gorman also made an equally brief appearance in Brisbane Magistrates Court yesterday, representing O'Dempsey in relation to the 40-year-old McCulkin family murders.

Mr O'Dempsey faces deprivation of liberty and other charges on top of murder, in relation to Barbara McCulkin and her daughters Leanne and Vicki's disappearances from their Brisbane home on January 16, 1974.

His matter was adjourned to February 2.

Mr O'Dempsey co-accused, Torbanlea man Garry Reginald Dubois, 67, also had his matter adjourned to February 16 for a callover.


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