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FENNELL TRIAL DATE FINALLY SET

FENNELL TRIAL DATE FINALLY SET FOR 29th FEBRUARY, 2016

Steven John Fennell, the man accused of the murder of Macleay Island grand mother, Liselotte Watson on November 13, 2012, will go to trial on Monday, 29th February.

The Brisbane Supreme Court finally set a trial date at a hearing on Friday, January 19th.

Fennell will appear before Justice Martin Daubney and four weeks has been set aside for the hearing.

It should be noted that the trial will be an E:Trial - which is a trial where evidence and exhibits are presented to the court via computer image.

Fennell was arrested for the murder on March 14, 2013 and he has been in custody ever since.

Because of the number of witnesses and evidence involved, the process to trial stage has been protracted.

Many dates have been set but have been held over.

He was Committed to Trial for the murder at a Committal Hearing in the Brisbane Supreme Court on December 17, 2014.

Setting a date for the trial has also been difficult, because of the minimum 4 week length expected.

When it is finally held at the end of February, it will be one of the longer Queensland murder trials.

Liselotte Watson was 86 years of age when she was murdered.

Her lifeless body was found in a pool of blood in the bedroom of her Alistair Court home on November 13, 2012.

Fennell, then 54, was arrested in March 2013 after a lengthy police investigation into the murder of the pensioner.

• Steven Fennell delivering junk mail on Macleay Island prior to his arrest.

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