Mag­is­trate re­fuses bail in ‘bizarre’ mur­der case

AC­CUSED WOMAN TO RE­MAIN BE­HIND BARS IN WAIT FOR TRIAL

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

THE woman ac­cused of stab­bing a man and pour­ing bleach down his throat at He­ber­sham last year was de­nied bail on Fri­day.

Rhi­an­non Blood­sworth, 22, ap­peared in Pen­rith Lo­cal Court via video link from Sil­ver­wa­ter Women’s Cor­rec­tional Cen­tre where she has been held since be­ing charged for her role in the al­leged mur­der last Au­gust.

Her co-ac­cused, Trent Er­ring­ton, re­mains be­hind bars, also charged with mur­der.

Po­lice were called to a unit on An­dover Cres about 7.30pm on Septem­ber 2 and found Jay Cerin’s re­mains in a bed­room of the house.

He was al­legedly stabbed to death, bound and doused with bleach some­time be­tween 9pm the Fri­day be­fore and 6pm on the Sun­day night.

The fam­i­lies of both the ac­cused and the vic­tim sat on op­po­site sides of the court on Fri­day af­ter­noon to hear the bail pro­ceed­ings.

With her hair neatly braided, Blood­sworth ap­peared ex­cited af­ter spot­ting her fam­ily sit­ting in the court­room through the video link, wip­ing away tears af­ter smil­ing and wav­ing.

One of the fam­ily mem­bers of the vic­tim then be­gan to sob loudly while re­main­ing in the court­room.

Blood­sworth’s lawyer Daniel Pace ar­gued given it would be 18 months be­fore the trial would be­gin in the Supreme Court, his client would spend a lengthy pe­riod be­hind bars away from her four-year-old daugh­ter.

He said there was no for- en­sic ev­i­dence link­ing Blood­sworth to the mur­der, and the rea­son her cloth­ing was used to tie Mr Cerin up was be­cause it would have been read­ily avail­able given she lived at the ad­dress.

Crown pros­e­cu­tor Ta­mara Kup­pusamy re­jected Mr Pace’s as­ser­tion their case was weak.

She said state­ments from wit­nesses af­ter the fact im­pli­cated Blood­sworth in the crime, and the seem­ingly “bizarre” act of pour­ing bleach down Mr Cerin’s throat was an at­tempt to re- move her DNA from his mouth af­ter he bit her.

Mag­is­trate Karen Stafford said the time­line for the trial was con­sis­tent with other mur­der cases, and af­ter agree­ing the ev­i­dence against Blood­sworth was strong she re­jected the bail ap­pli­ca­tion.

“My view is that the de­lay is not in­or­di­nate, (and) the crown case is a case that is strong,” she said.

Blood­sworth has now ap­plied for bail in the Supreme Court, which will be heard on Fe­bru­ary 17.

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