DNA request in stab murder

CASINO man Noel Keith Gardiner, 20, made a brief appearance yesterday before Lismore Local Court magistrate Michael Dakin, charged with the stabbing murder of Elizabeth Phillips on Saturday.

The body of Ms Phillips, 36, a double amputee, was found in a bed at her Albert Street, Casino home, soon after midnight on Friday.

She had suffered numerous stab wounds.

Prosecutor Sgt Peter Costin-Neilsen made an application for police to take photographs of Gardiner, approved by the magistrate, with the prosecutor stating a man who left the dead woman's house that night was seen to be stabbing himself.

Defence lawyer Ben Cochrane opposed this application and an application for a DNA sample to be taken from his client.

Mr Cochrane acknowledged Gardiner was a resident of the Albert street house where the body was found, and it would not be a surprise if his DNA was found.

Sgt Costin-Neilsen said the DNA application was intended to eliminate or prove certain blood types found at the murder scene, describing the objection as 'dragging' the matter out.

Mr Dakin said that in a police affidavit before him a detective stated urgency, because of concern 'injuries' said to have been suffered by Gardiner would have healed. Bail was not applied for.

The police forensic application was adjourned to Friday with the case to be re-mentioned before Lismore Local Court on November 3.

Ms Phillips belonged to a well-known Githabul family.

Mr Gardiner is believed to be her nephew.

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