Pros­e­cu­tion in mur­der case rep­ri­manded

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS -

MAG­IS­TRATE Roger Clis­dell has re­luc­tantly ad­journed the case of a man charged with the mur­der of Luke Brown­ing at St Clair, with a warn­ing to the pros­e­cu­tion he will com­mit it to trial in the next men­tion.

On April 4, Mr Brown­ing, 27, was found un­con­scious and with stab wounds. He died at the scene. Robert Jack Becha­lany was ar- rested the next morn­ing. In Pen­rith Court on Fri­day, Mr Clis­dell ex­pressed his frus­tra­tions at the length of time be­ing taken for po­lice to com­plete their brief on the case, which has kept Mr Becha­lany be­hind bars.

“It’s just not good enough; three months to do po­lice state­ments?” Mr Clis­dell said in court.

“Mr Becha­lany has been in cus­tody six months and he is not even in the queue for the Dis­trict Court, which will take an­other 12 months.

“The brief must be com­pleted for com­mit­tal and if you’re not ready, bad luck,” he told the pros­e­cu­tion.

Papers sub­mit­ted to the court also re­veal Mr Becha­lany’s wife, Rhonda, has been charged with ac­ces­sory to mur­der af­ter the fact.

The papers al­lege she was present at the mur­der and as­sisted in her hus­band’s at­tempt to avoid cus­tody.

She re­mains out on con­di­tional bail af­ter her mother posted a $500,000 bond.

Mr Becha­lany did not ap­pear in court but his wife stood in the gallery.

Court papers also re­veal he has been charged with ag­gra­vated break and en­ter af­ter he al­legedly broke into a home on Mus­tang Ave at St Clair with “un­named per­sons”, stole prop­erty and as­saulted the oc­cu­pant just hours be­fore his al­leged dis­pute with Mr Brown­ing was caught on CCTV.

He has also been charged for al­legedly re­peat­edly re­fus­ing to re­veal who was a driver or pas­sen­ger in a car reg­is­tered to him at the time.

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