MUR­DER TRIAL IS MEN­TIONED

Case against Jason Bin­ney takes first step

Dalby Herald - - FRONT PAGE - Peter Hard­wick The Chron­i­cle

A DALBY man charged with mur­der and ar­son aris­ing from al­leged in­ci­dents in the town is ex­pected to face a Supreme Court trial in Toowoomba in the new year.

Jason Wil­liam Bin­ney is ac­cused of killing father of three Mark Wilkes whose body was found by Queens­land Fire and Emer­gency Ser­vice of­fi­cers in­side his Ed­ward St home which was the sub­ject of a fire on the night of Jan­uary 20 last year.

Po­lice charged Bin­ney with mur­der, ar­son and bur­glary some weeks later af­ter in­ves­ti­gat­ing the cause of the blaze.

He has since been re­manded in cus­tody and was not in Toowoomba Supreme Court on Wed­nes­day when Crown prose­cu­tor Julie Ayl­ward pre­sented an in­dict­ment charg­ing the 45-year-old with mur­der.

De­fence bar­ris­ter David Jones asked the court to ad­journ the case to the next call over of mat­ters be­fore the Supreme Court.

Mr Jones said it was “most likely” his client’s trial would be heard in the Supreme Court sit­tings in Toowoomba of April next year and that, with more than 100 wit­nesses listed, it was ex­pected the hear­ing would last two weeks.

Bin­ney has not as yet been re­quired to en­ter any pleas to the charges in­clud­ing mur­der.

Jus­tice Mar­tin Burns there­fore re­manded the ac­cused in cus­tody and ad­journed the case to the next call over of mat­ters be­fore the Toowoomba Supreme Court when it was en­vis­aged a date for trial would be set.

PHOTO: FILE

DE­CEASED: Mark Wilkes died in 2016 in a fire, Jason Bin­ney is ac­cused of his mur­der.

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