Detectives face mass of evidence over Martin murder case
A MASSIVE brief of evidence currently totalling 20 lever arch files is still being prepared by detectives in the case of the murder of Murwillumbah resident Michael Martin Snr, allegedly involving his son, daughter-in-law and another woman.
Michael Martin Snr, 46, was allegedly murdered in the early hours of Friday, June 13, 2014, at his unit on Quarry Rd, South Murwillumbah.
Police allege Mr Martin Snr and another man were also victims of a home invasion at the same address in April 2014, during which they were seriously assaulted.
Michael Martin Jnr elected not to appear via video link at Lismore Local Court earlier today to answer charges of murder, causing grievous bodily harm with intent to murder and reckless grievous bodily harm in company in relation to the alleged assault and murder of his father.
He was represented by solicitor Rachael Thomas, who was acting as an agent for his solicitor Stuart Percy.
His wife Candace was excused from appearing but was represented by her solicitor Cameron Bell.
Co-accused, former Byron Bay High School student Jessica Honey Fallon appeared via video link from Sydney’s Dillwynia Women’s Correctional Centre and was represented by Ms Lloyd, who was acting as an agent for her solicitor Mr Blair.
Fallon faced charges of causing grievous bodily harm to a person with intent to murder and reckless grievous bodily harm in company.
The court had previously heard police alleged the trio conspired to collect a $2.5 million life insurance policy which had been taken out on Mr Martin Snr.
Prosecutor Ms Siriwardana told the court the Director of Public Prosecutions requested the matters relating to Fallon be adjourned due to the long investigation into Mr Martin Snr’s alleged murder.
“Eighty per cent of the brief of evidence is served,” Ms Siriwardana said.
“Only about 10% of the important material in the brief has been served,” Ms Lloyd replied.
The court heard a transcript of an interview with Fallon had been served on the defence but statements from police would take another two weeks.
Mr Bell told the court he was still waiting for the brief of evidence against Mrs Martin to be completed.
“I understand the brief is 20 lever arch folders so far,” he said.
“You’ll have a busy Christmas, Mr Bell,” Magistrate Peter Bugden said.
Mr Bugden adjourned the matters of Michael Jnr and Candace Martin, and their co-accused Jessica Fallon, until January 19 at Lismore Local Court.
Both Michael Martin Jnr and Jessica Fallon will remain in custody until that date.