Man denies murder
A Borden farmer will stand trial over allegations he murdered his wife after a car crash on their farm a decade ago.
Gregory Paul Johnston, 61, was charged in February with the murder of mother-of-three Susi Johnston, who was incinerated in a car crash in 2008. He is accused of deliberately driving into a tree, trapping his wife in a car and using an accelerant to set the vehicle on fire.
Mr Johnston pleaded not guilty to murder when he appeared in Stirling Gardens Magistrate’s Court last Wednesday by video link from Albany. He was granted bail in May after a Supreme Court judge accepted his property in Borden, where he lives and works, could collapse if he was not released.
As part of his bail conditions, Mr Johnston is not allowed to travel more than 75km from his farm unless to attend court, a medical appointment or to buy feed or fertiliser.
His bail was renewed ahead of his first appearance in the Supreme Court in August.