The Chronicle

Accused sword killer back in court

- JESSICA PAUL

A WARWICK man accused of murdering another man with a sword had the serious charges brought back before the courts.

Dwayne Thomas Andrew Watts’ matter was mentioned in Warwick Magistrate­s Court this week where he faces one charge each of murder, drinkdrivi­ng, and breaching a bail condition.

Police allege the 30-yearold killed fellow Warwick man Mark Ireland with the “longbladed weapon” during an altercatio­n at a Hope St home in September last year.

Mr Ireland died from head and facial injuries aged 54.

Defence lawyer Clare Hine asked the Warwick court for a lengthy adjournmen­t to give her time to assess Mr Watts’ psychiatri­c report, which she hoped would finally allow the matter to progress.

“We have had a lot of issues trying to get instructio­ns from Mr Watts,” she said.

“Our client has refused to give us any instructio­ns until the capacity report was available.

“It’s only just become available, but the brief of evidence has otherwise been disclosed.”

Mr Watts remained in custody and was not required to appear in court.

He has not yet indicated a plea.

His murder charge would next be mentioned in Warwick Magistrate­s Court on December 1.

Ms Hine added that Mr Watts pleaded guilty to unrelated charges in Warwick District Court earlier this month, but would not be sentenced until the first sittings to take place next year.

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