School­girl mur­der

Ac­cused faces court over child’s death

Townsville Bulletin - - National Snapshot -

A BUND­ABERG man has been com­mit­ted to stand trial for the mur­der of ei ght-year-ol d Trin­ity Bates.

Al­lyn John Slater, 21, stood up­right in the dock and qui­etly an­swered ‘‘ No, your hon­our,’’ when Mag­is­trate Jen­nifer Batts in the Bund­aberg Mag­is­trates Court asked if he wished to en­ter a plea.

The crown will al­lege Slater, a fam­ily friend of the Bund­aberg school­girl, went to her home af­ter days of drink­ing liquor and play­ing vi­o­lent video games in Fe­bru­ary 2010.

His fin­ger prints were found on a chair placed un­der a win­dow of Trin­ity’s room, on the win­dow pane and the sill.

Craig Simp­son, a pris­oner who spent a con­sid­er­able amount of time with the ac­cused man at the Arthur Gor­rie Cor­rec­tional Cen­tre, told the court that Slater con­fessed to en­ter­ing her bed­room, wrap­ping the girl in a blan­ket and car­ry­ing her to a nearby drain where he al­legedly ‘‘ squeezed’’ her.

Trin­ity was last seen at 9.30pm the night be­fore.

Her body showed 87 bruises, ev­i­dence of chok­ing and a blow to her head and in­di­ca­tions she may have been dragged the 20 me­tres up an en­closed stormwa­ter pipe lead­ing from a large drain that was of­ten used as a short­cut by lo­cals in the south­east Queens­land city.

In ev­i­dence yes­ter­day, De­tec­tive Sergeant Joseph Hil­dred said Slater had con­fessed to po­lice hours af­ter Trin­ity’s body was found by a po­lice dog in the pipe near her Bund­aberg home.

There was no ev­i­dence of sex­ual as­sault.

‘‘ He made full ad­mis­sions in ab­duct­ing and stran­gling the de­ceased, ’’Det Sgt Hil­dred said.

Det Sgt Hil­dred said when eight po­lice ar­rived at Slater’s home he ap­peared to be ex­tremely ner­vous.

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