Accused killer committed to trial
UPDATE 12.35pm: THE man accused of killing eight-year-old Trinity Bates has been committed to stand trial for her murder.
Allyn John Slater, 21, has just been committed to a Supreme Court trial following a three-day committal hearing in Bundaberg Magistrates Court.
The hearing has heard evidence from scores of witnesses, including investigating officers, prison and watchhouse cellmates of Slater, neighbours and others connected to the case.
Earlier today, the Justice of the Peace who acted as a support person for Allyn John Slater had told the court the accused murderer twice denied killing Trinity.
David Read, who was called by police to support Slater while they searched his Franklin St home, told the court the young man denied the charges during a private conversation in the lounge room of his home.
Slater is accused of taking Trinity from her bed and murdering her on February 22, 2010.
Mr Read said Slater said “in a low tone” that he had not killed the eight-year-old girl
“He said ‘I did not murder her’,” the JP said.
Mr Read said Slater had later asked why police thought he had killed the schoolgirl.
He told the court he then asked Slater if he did commit the crime, to which Slater replied: “No."
Bundaberg Police Criminal Investigation Bureau officer in charge Detective Senior Sergeant Joe Hildred said Slater had admitted to abducting and strangling Trinity during a police interview.
Det Snr Sgt Hildred said he did not sit in on the interview but was providing advice to the officers and receiving updates during breaks.
Det Snr Sgt Hildred told the court Slater appeared anxious and nervous when eight police officers arrived at his home for the search on February 23.
“He had difficulty forming words and I put that down to nervousness,” he said.
Det Snr Sgt Hildred said Slater’s speech began to flow as he became more confident with police.
Slater has not entered a plea to one charge of murder.
For the full story and a statement from the family, see tomorrow's NewsMail.