ACCUSED: Sayle Kenneth Newson, now 41, is accused of murdering his girlfriend of about eight weeks, mother-of-two Carly Dawn McBride, 31, and dumping her body at Owens Gap, west of Scone, on September 30, 2014. He was committed for trial on Wednesday.
MUAY Thai kickboxer SayleKenneth Newson has been committed to stand trial for the murder of his girlfriend of about eight weeks, mother-of-two Carly Dawn McBride.
Mr Newson, represented by solicitor Mark Ramsland, appeared in Newcastle Local Court via audio visual link from jail on Wednesday where he was committed to face a trial for the murder of Ms McBride, 31.
He will next appear in Sydney Supreme Court on September 7 where he will be arraigned and formally plead not guilty to murder.
Mr Newson’s co-accused, James Anthony Cunneen, now 27, had the murder charge against him dropped on Wednesday.In its place, prosecutors laid a charge of accessory after the fact to murder.
Detectives had alleged Mr Cunneen engaged in a joint criminal enterprise with Mr Newson to murder Ms McBride, but now say her former boyfriend is solely responsible for her murder while Mr Cunneen helped dump Ms McBride’s body.
DPP trial advocate Kristy Mulley said it was hoped Mr Cunneen’s matter would ultimately be heard in the Supreme Court alongside Mr Newson.
However, while that application was being determined, Mr Cunneen was committed for trial to Newcastle District Court on August 23.
Outside court, Ms McBride’s parents,Lorraine Williams and Steve McBride, said while the development in Mr Cunneen’s matter had come as a surprise, they were pleased the matter was moving swiftly and praised detectives and the DPP for their tireless work.
Carly McBride’s parents, Lorraine Williams and Steve McBride, speak outside Newcastle courthouse after Sayle Newson was committed for trial and James Cunneen had the murder charge against him dropped. (Turn phone sideways) pic.twitter南京夜网/4Fq0ZiHIdR
— Sam Rigney (@SamRigney) August 8, 2018For the full story about the circumstantial case against Sayle Kenneth Newson read tomorrow’s Newcastle Herald.