Man de­nies mur­der

Great Southern Herald - - News - Elle Far­cic

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.

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