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FENNELL COMMITTAL HEARING SET FOR DECEMBER 15

December 12, 2014

 

The Committal Hearing in the matter involving Macleay Island junk mail deliverer Steven John Fennell charged with the murder of 85-year-old island grandmother Liselotte Watson, will start on Monday, December 15.

Three days have been set aside for the Committal Hearing.

It will be heard from Monday December 15 to Wednesday December 17 at the Brisbane Magistrate's Court.

Steven John Fennell has been charged with the murder of Liselotte Watson and it took 11 attempts 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.

The first two adjournments were requested by the prosecution; the latter nine were sought by the defence.

At the final Hearing for Mention on August 11th, a Directions Hearing was called for and agreed to by the magistrate Ms Bradford-Morgan, as well as setting the Committal Hearing date.

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

It is expected several island residents will be called as witnesses at the Committal Hearing.

It is believed all witnesses involved will be notified officially in the coming days and weeks.

The 85-year-old grandmother was found dead at 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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