Medical care for murder suspect

SHARYN STRICKLAND, charged with the murder of her partner in a house fire at Goonellabah, remains in custody under medical care after receiving burns to 58 per cent of her body, it was revealed in Lismore Local Court last week.

Strickland, 40, was set to make a bail application, however, defence lawyer Hugh van Dugteren asked to adjourn the application before Magistrate Michael Dakin because of an updated medical review of his client's condition and medical treatment to be undertaken on October 13 at Concorde Hospital in Sydney.

Mr van Dugteren said a doctor would not be able to make a full report available to the court until the review was completed, which would then be supplied to the Lismore office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Mr Dakin ordered the report be made available to the DPP by October 20, before re-listing the matter for hearing in the local court on October 29.

Strickland is charged with maliciously setting fire to the house at 8 Milgate Close on February 6; and with the murder of Matthew Tansley, 35, who died on February 8 from his injuries.

Mr van Dugteren asked that his client next appear by audio-video link so she would not have to travel to Lismore and spend time in Grafton jail, which was not suited to her medical care.

He said that previously she was kept in the male section of the jail because of her injuries and was not able to get the required exercise and had suffered considerable pain and anxiety.



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