Evidence review in murder charge case



CROWN prosecutors will review new evidence before deciding whether to proceed with a murder charge against Ballina man Andrew Stephen Benn.

Benn is accused of murdering Lismore Heights man Peter Allen in November, 2000.

Mr Allen's body was found in his home after it was destroyed by fire. His death was initially listed as incineration and smoke inhalation, but police reopened the case in 2006 after a tip-off led them to believe the fire was not an accident.

Benn was yesterday granted bail in Lismore Local Court and his case was adjourned until October 16.

Benn was initially granted bail on May 18, three months after a tip-off led police to charge him with Mr Allen's murder.

He breached that bail in an incident at Lismore Base Hospital on September 5, for which he has been charged with malicious damage.



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