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DIRECTIONS HEARING CALLED FOR IN FENNELL CASE

August 18, 2014

The matter concerning the murder of 85-year-old Macleay Island grandmother Liselotte Watson has finally progressed at the Brisbane Magistrate's Court.

Steven John Fennell has been charged with the murder and 11 attempts have been held to progress beyond the Hearing for Mention stage. On each occasion, firstly the prosecution and then the defence sought adjournments seeking 'more time' in relation to the amount of evidence involved in the considerable matter.

At the hearing on August 11th, a Directions Hearing was called for and agreed to by the magistrate Ms Bradford-Morgan. It is scheduled to be held on Friday, November 28 at the Brisbane Magistrates Court.

A Directions Hearing means one witness may be questioned by either the prosecution or the defence.

It is believe at that point, the matter may then be referred to a Committal Hearing, at which point major evidence will be heard.

The Committal Hearing will then decide if Steven John Fennell will stand trial for the murder of Liselotte Watson.

The 85-year-old grandmother was found dead in her home in November, 2012.

After several months of intense police investigation, with literally hundreds of islanders being interviewed and providing evidence, Steven John Fennell was arrested on March 14, 2013, and has been in custody ever since. 

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