COURT APPROVED IMAGE: A photo of Garry Reginald 'Shorty' Dubois from the 1970s. Mr Dubois is the co-accused in the alleged  murder of Barbara McCulkin and her daughters Vicki and Leanne on January 16, 1974. This image was tendered during Mr Dubois's trial.
COURT APPROVED IMAGE: A photo of Garry Reginald 'Shorty' Dubois from the 1970s. Mr Dubois is the co-accused in the alleged murder of Barbara McCulkin and her daughters Vicki and Leanne on January 16, 1974. This image was tendered during Mr Dubois's trial. Contributed

Jury to take more time in McCulkin murder and rape trial

A JURY is still considering its verdicts in the McCulkin murder and rape trial.

The jury started deliberations about noon on Thursday in the trial of Garry Reginald 'Shorty' Dubois who has pleaded not guilty to one charge of deprivation of liberty, two of rape and three of murder.

It did not return a verdict on Friday and will resume its deliberations on Monday morning.

Highgate Hill mother Barbara McCulkin, 34, and her daughters, Vicki, 13, and Leanne, 11, disappeared 42 years ago.

The Crown alleges that Mr Dubois and 79-year-old Warwick man Vincent O'Dempsey abducted the family and drove them to the bush sometime after 10.30pm on January 16, 1974.

On arrival at the unknown location, Mr O'Dempsey is alleged to have separated Mrs McCulkin from her daughters and strangled her to death.

It was alleged the two men then raped the girls before they were murdered and buried with their mother.

The trial has been running for almost three weeks during which the jury heard evidence from more than 40 witnesses.

Mr O'Dempsey will face trial in May. -ARM NEWSDESK



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