Murder charge - Ocean Shores woman denies killing husband
A 43-year-old Ocean Shores woman, who pleaded not guilty in Lismore Local Court yesterday to killing her husband, said she believed he was still alive. Regina Veinstein was arrested on Thursday night and charged with the murder of her husband, Ronen Veinstein, who has been missing since 2004. Going over police allegations from the bench, Magistrate Jeff Linden said Veinstein had admitted to three different people that she had killed her husband. In those admissions, Veinstein had described how she had killed her husband and the events immediately after his death. Her admissions on Thursday had described how she had burned her husband's body and precisely where, at the couple's Mooball property, she had scattered his remains. Police spent yesterday scouring that location, and Mr Linden said that search had yielded "forensic material". However, Veinstein's Legal Aid solicitor Tracey Randall told the court that police had no solid evidence on her client. Ms Randall, in a bail application for Veinstein, said the material gathered by police had not yet been properly identified and, as such, proved nothing. Veinstein's counsel also said her client's admissions to killing her husband could not be taken seriously because she was suffering depression - something triggered by the birth of her three children and reinforced by her husband's disappearance in December 2004. Ms Randall said that depression had become so serious that the father of Veinstein's first child had recently arrived from North Queensland to help her. He was now caring for all the children while his former partner was in custody. However, Mr Linden rejected the bail application, pointing to the time taken in the investigation that on Thursday night led to Veinstein's arrest. The police case included the fact that Veinstein was the last person seen with her husband, back in December 2004 and that she did not report him missing when he disappeared. It was an associate of Ronen Veinstein's that eventually went to police in May 2005. Extensive police inquiries "failed to find any evidence of him being alive after December 2004", Mr Linden said. Mr Linden adjourned the case to Lismore Local Court on November 20, with Veinstein to appear via video link. Ms Randall said Veinstein may launch a fresh bail application on October 16.