the Breeze


June 11, 2014

Steven John Fennell has finally been referred to a Committal Hearing in the matter of the murder of 85-year-old Macleay Island grandmother, Liselotte Watson.

He will appear before a court for the first time at the Committal Hearing, scheduled for Thursday, July 3.

The Hearing for Mention, in the Brisbane Magistrate's Court, the first step in the court process, had been postponed seven times until Tuesday, May 20.

It was the first time in that process that firstly, the prosecution, and then the defence had sought postponements because of the huge amount of evidence involved.

It is at the Committal Hearing that prosecution evidence will be heard for the first time.

On the basis of that evidence, the Committal Hearing will decide if Steven John Fennell, a Macleay Island junk mail deliverer, will be sent to 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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