Murder charge dropped
A MURDER charge against Ocean Shores woman Regina Veinstein has been dropped after the prosecution decided there was insufficient evidence to gain a conviction.
Ms Veinstein, 44, was accused of killing her husband Ronen Veinstein, who has not been seen since December 2004. His body has never been found.
But the prosecution withdrew the charges against Ms Veinstein just weeks ago, a spokeswoman for the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions said yesterday.
“The matter of Regina Veinstein was withdrawn from the Court on April 3 after it was decided that there was insufficient evidence to ensure a reasonable prospect of conviction,” she said.
The spokeswoman, however, would not rule out the possibility of the case being re-opened if new evidence was presented.
“Matters that have been withdrawn can be brought before the court again if new and compelling evidence becomes available,” she said.
“Therefore no further comment will be issued from this office.”
Ms Veinstein appeared in Byron Bay Local Court on April 3, when the charges against her were withdrawn.
Veinstein had pleaded not guilty to the charges, despite police allegations she had admitted to killing her husband to four people.
In those admissions, Veinstein allegedly described how she killed her husband by hitting him on the head with a rock while he was sleeping, and then burnt his body, scattering the remains on the couple's Mooball property.
During Veinstein's committal hearing in August 2008, the Lismore Local Court heard evidence from Rabbi Mosheh Serebryanski, Karni Shai, David Nakash and Ami Tabakhoff, to whom Ms Veinstein had allegedly made the admissions.
Ms Veinstein was the last person seen with her husband in December 2004, but he was only reported missing in May 2005 when one of his associates contacted police.
Police conducted national and international searches for Mr Veinstein, but to no avail.
In October 2007, police investi- gators used excavators to dig up the Mooball property in search of the missing man's remains.