Murder case ‘a mess’
A MURDER case risks turning into a disjointed morass more than a year after Mundubbera man Gary Ryan died, a defence lawyer said.
Three men and two women charged over the Fraser Coast 43-year-old’s death had mentions at Brisbane Magistrates Court on Friday, September 1.
No one was present on Friday to represent one of the accused, Jessica Lee Roebuck.
Another among the five accused, all of whom are in custody, is Dubbo man Trevor Spencer, 71.
His lawyer Julia Jasper said the case would have “significant logistical” problems unless it was streamlined.
“The matter is enormous,” Ms Jasper said.
“We have a situation where we have an incomplete, and not working correctly, electronic brief.”
The lawyer told the court she understood a police officer said it would simply take too much time for police to copy all the material.
Crown Prosecutor Michael Andronicus said a handwriting analysis had been requested in relation to another one of the murder accused, Marilyn Anne Ryan.
Ms Ryan, in her mid-thirties, is from Orange, New South Wales.
The case was also waiting for some police statements and a NSW warrant, Mr Andronicus said.
The court was told a big volume of material was disclosed on Thursday.
The matter was adjourned for another mention on October 6.
Other people currently facing murder charges are Rockhampton man Stephen Peter Crump, 64, and Mark Stephen Crump, a 36-year-old from Orange.
Ms Roebuck, also from Orange, was 19 when she was arrested in Nanango last October.
Mr Ryan died on August 23 last year.
Police were called to a Bunce St property after a stabbing was reported around 11.30am that day.