Accused faces court over child’s death
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.