Barbara McCulkin (right) and her daughters Vicky (left) and Leanne (centre) disappeared from their home on January 16, 1974. Contributed
Barbara McCulkin (right) and her daughters Vicky (left) and Leanne (centre) disappeared from their home on January 16, 1974. Contributed

McCulkin murder trial: Jury deliberates for second day

A JURY is still considering its verdicts in the McCulkin murder and rape trial.

The jury started deliberations about noon on Thursday in the trial of Garry Reginald 'Shorty' Dubois who has pleaded not guilty to one charge of deprivation of liberty, two of rape and three of murder.

The charges relate to the disappearance of Highgate Hill mother Barbara McCulkin, 34, and her daughters, Vicki, 13, and Leanne, 11, 42 years ago.

The Crown alleges that Mr Dubois and 79-year-old Warwick man Vincent O'Dempsey abducted the family and drove them to the bush sometime after 10.30pm on January 16, 1974.

On arrival at the unknown location, Mr O'Dempsey is alleged to have separated Mrs McCulkin from her daughters and strangled her to death.

It was alleged the two men then raped the girls before they were murdered and buried with their mother.

The trial has been running for almost three weeks during which the jury heard evidence from more than 40 witnesses.
Mr O'Dempsey will face trial in May.

-ARM NEWSDESK


Horror start to holidays on highway

Horror start to holidays on highway

Two early morning crashes signals horror start to busy summer period

Interlock drink driving laws expanded

Interlock drink driving laws expanded

The laws were expanded earlier this month.

80,000 lights: The true spirit of Christmas lives in Ballina

80,000 lights: The true spirit of Christmas lives in Ballina

It's a bittersweet year for Ballina's most popular Santa