Magistrate refuses bail in ‘bizarre’ murder case
ACCUSED WOMAN TO REMAIN BEHIND BARS IN WAIT FOR TRIAL
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.