Barbara McCulkin (right) and her daughters Vicky (left) and Leanne (centre) disappeared from their home on January 16, 1974. Contributed
Barbara McCulkin (right) and her daughters Vicky (left) and Leanne (centre) disappeared from their home on January 16, 1974. Contributed

McCulkin murders: Detective ordered to give evidence

THE arresting officer in the 1974 McCulkin murders has been ordered to give evidence in court after failing to comply with a disclosure order.

The two men who have been charged with one of the state's enduring murder mysteries had their matter mentioned on Wednesday in court, where the order against the officer was made.

Warwick man Vincent O'Dempsey, 77, and Maryborough man Garry Reginald Dubois, 67, were charged last year over the 1974 disappearance of Barbara May McCulkin, 34, and her two daughters, Vicki Maree McCulkin, 13, and Barbara Leanne McCulkin, 11.

All three are believed to have been murdered and their bodies have never been recovered.

Both men have been charged with eight offences including murder and deprivation of liberty.

The Brisbane Magistrates Court heard on Wednesday that the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions had failed to meet a July 10 deadline to hand over evidence to the men's defence team despite the request to do so being made in April.

Mr O'Dempsey's barrister, Terry O'Gorman, said failure to meet the deadline was inexcusable.

He said the arresting officer, Detective Sergeant Virginia Gray, should be made to give evidence next week about why she had not complied with the order.

"There has been multiple requests made for this but to date nothing has been forthcoming," he said.

"We request the arresting officer be brought before the court to explain why full disclosure has not been made.

"Detective Gray has taken a remarkably relaxed attitude in this respect."

Magistrate Noel Nunan granted Mr O'Gorman's request and ordered Det Sgt Gray to appear in court on July 24 to explain why the disclosure order had not been adhered to.

Mr O'Gorman indicated to the court he was going to cross-examine Det Sgt Gray in the witness stand at that time.

- APN NEWSDESK.


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