Gerard Baden-Clay Trial-Day 16

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Defence counsel Michael Byrne’s submissions will be followed by prosecutor Todd Fuller and Justice John Byrne, who will sum up the case before the jury retires to consider its verdict.

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IT is day 16 of the trial of former Brookfield real estate agent Gerard Baden-Clay, 43, who stands accused of murdering his wife Allison Baden-Clay, 43, on April 19, 2012.

Baden-Clay has pleaded not guilty in the Supreme Court in Brisbane.

9:45am: The 16th day of the trial is about to resume in Court 11.

Gerard Baden-Clay’s defence barrister Michael Byrne QC will end his closing address to the jury, before Crown prosecutor Todd Fuller QC begins his final address today.

* Mr Byrne said there are too many gaps in the Crown‘s circumstantial case against his client. He pointed to the lack of forensic evidence linking Mr Baden-Clay to the crime scene at Kholo Creek where his wife’s body was found. He also pointed to the lack of blood in the house and car port.

* Mr Byrne conceded Mr Baden-Clay had been a serial adulterer during his marriage but said his infidelity did not amount to evidence in the case against him.

* The defence again pointed to Mrs Baden-Clay’s history with depression to suggest she stepped out for a walk in the early hours of the morning of April 20, 2012, to “clear her head” and “at some time and for some reason” ended up in the river.

9:55am: The trial will again be broadcast into two other courtrooms, such is the high level of public interest in the case.The proceedings will be broadcast into the Banco Court which seats 147 people.

10:12am: Mr Byrne has resumed his closing address to the jury.

He displayed two PowerPoint slides to the court.

The first read: “Gerard Baden-Clay is presumed to be innocent. He may be convicted only if the prosecution establishes that he is guilty of the offence charged.”

The second read: “If you are left with a reasonable doubt about guilty, your duty is to acquit: that is, to find Gerard Baden-Clay not guilty.”

10:15am: Mr Byrne said Mr Baden-Clay was not the sort of man to kill his wife and mother of his children in “cold blood” and was not the type to “explode in anger”.He said his client was of good character despite his previous infidelity.
10:19am: Mr Baden-Clay is seated in the dock wearing a dark suit and tie and glasses.His sister Olivia Walton and brother Adam Baden-Clay are seated in the front row of the public gallery directly behind the dock.Allison Baden-Clay’s family and friends are seated on the opposite side of the public gallery with homicide detectives involved in the case.
10:24am: Mr Byrne has reminded the jury, again, to ignore what he has described as “sensationalist media coverage” of the trial.“Your task and indeed your duty, your sworn duty, is to ignore all that,” he said.”You’re not here to deliver a verdict based on what the media would like you to do …”Your duty is to return a true verdict according to the evidence and that is a simple proposition.”
10:27am: “Once you have dispassionately, objectively assessed the evidence – the whole of the evidence – you would not and you could not find Gerard Baden-Clay guilty of the murder of his wife,” Mr Byrne said.“There is no cause of death, there’s no motive that stands to scrutiny, there’s no realistic means of him doing the things the prosecution says were done by him as part of a scenario.”Mr Byrne said the Crown could not establish how Mr Baden-Clay violently killed his wife in a house with three young children, or how he transported the bodytoKholo Creek without leaving a trial.”The verdict on that evidence should be one of not guilty,” he said.”Thank you for your attention.”

10:28am: The defence rests.

10:28am: Prosecutor Todd Fuller QC has begun his closing address to the jury.The prosecution was effectively afforded the final say in the trial because Mr Baden-Clay decided to step into the witness box to adduce evidence.
10:31am: “Human behaviour is sometimes inexplicable,” Mr Fuller said.He said the Baden-Clays lived a facade.To the outside world, they were a happily married couple.In reality, both Mr and Mrs Baden-Clay were desperately unhappy.Mr Baden-Clay was embroiled in multiple affairs with different women throughout his marriage.

“He had an affair with a women in the office where his father worked,” Mr Fuller said.

“That shows you the level of deception. That shows you the level of bravado.

“He presented a number of faces to a number of different people, right up until his evidence in this trial.”

10:34am: Mr Fuller said Mr Baden-Clay reacted to the pressures in his life on the night of April 19, 2012.“What’s building on this man here? What’s changing in his life in the period we’re talking about here?” he asked.Mr Fuller said Mr Baden-Clay’s actions were a “reaction to a particular set of circumstances that accumulated over time, a set of circumstances that were in fact his own making”.
10:35am: Mr Fuller is standing away from the bar table and is pacing back and forth as he directly addresses the jury.
10:37am: Mr Fuller has turned his attention to the nature of the circumstantial case against Mr Baden-Clay.“It’s like a television picture,” he said.If you stand close to a television screen, you see a series of small dots, Mr Fuller said.”Step back and you see the full picture,” he said.
10:43am: Mr Fuller said the defence theory, once placed in context, could not be substantiated.“You’ve been led astray,” he said.
10:45am: The jury has taken its first 10 minute break for the morning.
10:56am Recap: Here is an excerpt of Mr Fuller’s closing address to the jury:

“Human behaviour … is sometimes inexplicable against the background of the rest of [a person's] life, because of the pressures or circumstances that people find themselves in.

“It’s not unknown for a person of previous apparent good character to step outside that character and do something that perhaps they never contemplated doing before.

“My friend has spoken about possibilities, opportunities, they happen everyday in our lives.

“We’re programmed from the way that we view the world to have expectations about how somebody should behave.

“But that’s one of the reasons why you’re here. Through your experience of people, of relationships, of behaviours, you see people step outside their characters.

“You have appreciation of how people under pressures sometimes react, because a criminal trial is not a computer program ladies and gentlemen. It’s not about us putting all of the data in, putting it through some algorithm and checking out the result at the end. And the simple reason for that – because it involves people.

“You’re participating in a process to determine if this man here has killed his wife.

“That is, that he unlawfully killed her without a justification, excuse … or authorisation … and that he did it with an intention.”

11:00am: The jury has returned and Mr Fuller has resumed his closing address.He has asked the jury to consider the evidence from the eyes of Mr Baden-Clay.
11:04am: “What does Allison tell us in death?” Mr Fuller asked.“Let’s start with where her body was found. You can safely conclude, in my submission, is that her body was dumped where it was found by [kayaker] Mr Joyce.”It’s over 13 kilometres from her home. It’s a 13 to 20 minutes drive. you would think it would take a considerable time to walk that distance.”Both of the Baden-Clay cars are at home, so she either had to walk there or be taken there by someone else.”Mr Fuller noted Mrs Baden-Clay was a reluctant exerciser and would avoid steep hills on her morning walks. He said it was unlikely the mother-of-three would walk 13 kilometres from her home on the morning she was due to meet a colleague at 8am to attend a real estate conference.

11:07am: Mr Fuller has turned his attention to the are surrounding Kholo Creek.“It’s a remote location,” he said.”There is room to stop a vehicle. It doesn’t need to be on the roadway.”
11:09am: “Would it be less obvious if you’re [parked] in a dark Captiva rather than a white Prado with damage to the front and personalised number plates?” Mr Fuller said.The prosecution has alleged Mr Baden-Clay put his wife’s body in the boot of hersilverHoldenCaptiva anddrovetoKholo Creek where he dumped her body.

Allison Baden-Clay's car.

Allison Baden-Clay’s car. Photo: Court Exhibit

11:14am: Mr Fuller said the banks around Kholo Creek may have been dry on the evening of April 19, 2012.He said the catchment area did not receive heavy rain until April 27, 2012, only three daysbeforeMrsBaden-Clay’s body was discovered.”Where’s the mud that’s going to be there on the 19th or the morning of the 20th?” Mr Fuller asked.The defence pointed to a lack of mud or grass in the HoldenCaptiva that Mr Baden-Clay might have traipsed back into the car after allegedly dumping his wife’s body to connect the real estate agent to the crime scene.”Don’t be distracted by the mud,” Mr Fuller said.

Under the Kholo Creek bridge.

Under the Kholo Creek bridge. Photo: Court Exhibit

11:21am: Mr Fuller said Mrs Baden-Clay’s body was dragged part way down the embankment of the creek to a concrete pylon beneath the bridge on Mt Crosby Road.

He said her body was pushed from the concrete ledge.

“Her body was pushed off the ledge and her body fell to where she was,” he said.

“And that’s the position in which she remained …

“She did not end up jumping off there, or falling off there, she was thrown down there.”

11:27am: Mr Fuller said there was little evidence to suggest Mrs Baden-Clay intentionally jumped from the Kholo Creek bridge.“You will safely conclude she was not suicidal or in some drug-induced delirium,” he said.Mr Fuller said Mrs Baden-Clay would have sustained substantial injuries if she had jumped.”There are none,” he said.He said forensic pathologist Dr Nathan Milne conceded Mrs Baden-Clay may have escape significant injury if she fell into a “depth of water”.

“Well ladies and gentlemen, the only way she could have fallen into a depth of water and ended up there, was if she was washed up on the bank,” Mr Fuller said, showing the court a photograph of Mrs Baden-Clay’s body on the muddy creek bank.

“She has not fallen from the bridge to end up in that position unless the water has carried her.”

But Mr Fuller said Dr Milne did not believe Mrs Baden-Clay’s body had been immersed in water.

Dr Milne conducted a post-mortem examination on Mrs Baden-Clay.

11:34am: Mr Fuller said time-lapse video prepared by the defence showing the rising and falling tides in Kholo Creek made it seem as though debris floated quickly through the water.There was in fact six hours between high and low tides, he said.
11:37am: Mr Fuller said it did not matter whether Mrs Baden-Clay’s body had been wet by the rising and falling tides if the defence theory was to be substantiated.“There needs to be a body of water sufficient to float her body up onto the plateau,” he said.The defence has suggested Mrs Baden-Clay’s was washed up onto a muddy creek bank after she took her own life from Kholo Creek bridge.
11:40am: Mr Baden-Clay is leaning back in his chair in the dock, writing notes on a pad of paper, as Mr Fuller displays crime scene photographs of his wife’s body to the courtroom.
11:44am: The court has adjourned for a 15 minute morning tea break.
12:07pm Recap: Here is another excerpt from Mr Fuller’s closing address …

“On the surface to so many of these witnesses the Baden-Clays seemed like a perfect couple … ” Mr Fuller said.

“But it was just a facade.

“A facade which had been carried on for a long period of time.

“You might think that inwardly they were very different. Two desperately unhappy people for different reasons. One of them, a woman who had battled for years, for years, to keep her marriage together, despite being told perhaps the cruelest thing that a wife can ever hear from a husband, ‘I don’t love you’.

“And a man, who you might think, was just looking for a way out, living a double life.

“My friend can quite easily say, ‘well the deception was really only the infidelity’. But was it?

“It is not the deception … every day for the three years that Toni McHugh was with him in the office, when he went home for ‘happy hour’ to spend some time with his wife and children, to help Allison through that part of the day, to simply then slink back to be with Toni McHugh at night.

“To conduct an affair in an office where his father was working. And not for the first time. Let’s go back to Michelle Hammond – the woman who worked at the agency next door. Not only his father worked with him at that time, but his mother. That shows you the level of deception.

“It shows you what this man is capable of doing. His level of bravado and confidence in what he can carry out and carry on. He simply presented a number of faces to a number of different people, right up until this evidence in this trial …

“He cried when he told you about the first time he realised he was in love with Allison Baden-Clay, but just think about his reaction when I asked, ‘when was the first time that you told her that you no longer loved her?’

“The Crown says that those roles contributed to the pressures that were building on him and culminated in his acts on the 19th and the early hours of the 20th of April 2012.”

12:09pm: “The key to the trial is in fact what’s building on this man here. What’s changing in his life over the period of time that we’ve looked at? What pressure have been brought to bear by his wife, by Toni McHugh and by the drama he was having in his business,” Mr Fuller said.“The Crown says the killing was this man’s reaction to a particular set of circumstances that accumulated over time, a set of circumstances which, with respect, were of his own making.”

12:10pm: Court has resumed and Mr Fuller has continued his closing address.

12:12pm: Mr Fuller asked the jury: “Do you know someone who’s good at covering their tracks?”

12:23pm: Mr Fuller reminded the jury two forensic toxicologists said it was unlikely Mrs Baden-Clay was adversely affected by the antidepressant drug Sertraline, sold as Zoloft.

Even forensic toxicologist Dr Michael Robertson, who was called by the defence, said the level of the drug found in Mrs Baden-Clay’s body was not consistent with Sertraline-related deaths.

12:26pm: Mr Fuller said Mrs Baden-Clay’s diagnosis with “major depressive disorder” in 2003 should not be “used against her”.

He said a diagnosis should not be relied upon to discredit a person in the face of the treatment a person has received or the medication they have been prescribed.

12:38pm: Mr Fuller said the jury could “safely put to bed” the defence theory that Mrs Baden-Clay was adversely affected by her antidepressant medication Zoloft.

The defence has suggested Mrs Baden-Clay was suffering Serotonin Syndrome prompted by her medication which caused her to become disoriented and possibly hallucinate.

Mr Fuller said Mrs Baden-Clay had managed her depression well and overcome the panic attacks she experienced during her second pregnancy in 2003.

“The panic attacks were linked with her … second pregnancy. Yet that somehow gets turned into 2012 ‘she must have overdosed’,” Mr Fuller said.

“If you exclude drowning, falling, jumping, drug toxicity, what are you left with?”

12:43pm: “That means she wasn’t affected by the drugs, she didn’t drown, she didn’t fall,” Mr Fuller said.

“You’ll find she was dumped at the creek when she was already dead.”

Mr Fuller said the jury did not have to determine the “mechanism” of Mrs Baden-Clay’s death.

“Only the person who killed her would know that,” he said.

“But it was efficient and effective.

“Effective because it achieved the desired result. Efficient because it didn’t leave any evidence.”

12:47pm: Mr Fuller has turned his attention to the Baden-Clays’ daughters on the night of April 19, 2012.

The three young girls slept soundly on the night their father allegedly killed their mother at their Brookfield home.

Mr Baden-Clay told the court sound travelled easily throughout their rented weatherboard home on Brookfield Road.

Mr Fuller pointed to a baby monitor on Mrs Baden-Clay’s bedside table.

“Why do you need a baby monitor if noise travels easily throughout the house?” he asked.

The lay-out of the Baden-Clay home.

The lay-out of the Baden-Clay home. Photo: Court Exhibit

12:52pm: “Let’s go to where did it happen,” Mr Fuller said.

“Her body tells us one more thing and that’s the leaves.”

The court has previously heard six different types of leaves where found entwined in Mrs Baden-Clay’s hair and resting on her jumper. The six species of plants were found growing around the Baden-Clays’ home. Only two species were found in the Kholo Creek area.

“The inextricably link Mrs Baden-Clay to her house and inextricably link her death to her house,” Mr Fulle  said.

“All six and no more and no less.

12:59pm: Court has adjourned for lunch and will resume at 2.30pm.

Crown prosecutor Todd Fuller QC has begun is closing address to the jury.

  • He set about methodically discrediting the defence’s theories about Mrs Baden-Clay’s death in pointing to evidence to suggest it was unlikely she walked 13 kilometres from her home to take her own life at the Kholo Creek bridge.
  •  He highlighted the testimony of defence witness Dr Michael Robertson to suggest Mrs Baden-Clay was not suffering adverse affects of her antidepressant mediation Zoloft when she set out for a walk to “clear her heard” in the early hours of April 20, 2012.
  • He said forensic pathologist Dr Nathan Milne did not find any injuries on Mrs Baden-Clay’s body to suggest she had fallen from a height.
  • He also recalled the evidence of microscopic algae expert Dr Jacob John who did not find evidence in Mrs Baden-Clay’s lungs to suggest she had drowned.

“If you exclude drowning, falling, jumping, drug toxicity, what are you left with?” Mr Fuller asked.

 Defence counsel Michael Byrne QC completed his closing address to the jury, saying Mr Baden-Clay was not a cold-blooded murderer.

“Once you have dispassionately, objectively assessed the evidence – the whole of the evidence – you would not and you could not find Gerard Baden-Clay guilty of the murder of his wife,” Mr Byrne said.

“There is no cause of death, there’s no motive that stands to scrutiny, there’s no realistic means of him doing the things the prosecution says were done by him as part of a scenario.”

2:33pm: Court has resumed and Mr Fuller has continued to his closing address to the jury.

He has again drawn the jury’s attention to the leaves found in Mrs Baden-Clay’s hair.

2:41pm: Mr Fuller said the only “rational conclusion” the jury could draw was that Mrs Baden-Clay’s head had come into contact with the leaf litter outside her house.

“And if her head came into contact with the leaf litter at her house, how is that possible?” he asked.

The court has previously heard six different types of leaves were found entwined in Mrs Baden-Clay’s hair and tangled in the sleeves of her jumper. The six species of plants were found growing around the Baden-Clays’ Brookfield home. Only two species of plants were found in the Kholo Creek area.

“So that’s what connects her to her house, ladies and gentlemen,” Mr Fuller said.

3:04pm: Mr Fuller has turned his attention to the scratches which appeared on Mr Baden-Clay’s face on the morning he reported his wife missing.

Mr Baden-Clay has maintained the injuries were shaving cuts, but four forensic experts who testified at the trial said the abrasions were more consistent with fingernail scratches.

The real estate agent told police he would usually “shit, shower and shave” each morning. But on the morning he reported his wife missing Mr Baden-Clay said he had showered before shaving because he was in a rush.

“If you have to do the same to things, is it any quicker to do them in reverse order?” Mr Fuller asked the jury.

3:20pm: Mr Fuller said DNA “belonging to someone else” was found under the fingernails of Mrs Baden-Clay’s left hand.

“Her left hand scratching the right side of his face,” Mr Fuller said.

He said the scratches on Mr Baden-Clay’s face were there “damning”.

“They are damning and link him to the act of violence without any doubt,” he said.

3:23pm: The jury has taken a 10 minute break.

3:35pm: Court has resumed.

“Now I want to talk about the pressures on Mr Baden-Clay,” Mr Fuller said.

3:39pm: Mr Fuller said Mr Baden-Clay was facing pressure from his wife, his long-time mistress Toni McHugh and his flagging business.

But Mr Fuller said the pressures upon Mr Baden-Clay did not necessarily result in an angry explosion.

He said a person could make a “calm decision” to respond to pressure with an act of violence.

Mr Baden-Clay has denied being under pressure from Ms McHugh and has denied being under significant financial stress at the time of his wife’s disappearance.

3:48pm: Mr Fuller said Mr Baden-Clay failed to tell police about the heated argument he had with Ms McHugh on the afternoon of April 19, 2012.

“He says there is no tension at all. No issue with his wife at all. Everything was happy,” Mr Fuller said.

“But of course he fails to talk about the conversation he had with Toni McHugh.”

Mr Fuller said Mr Baden-Clay’s responses to questions from police were “scripted to justify his behaviour”.

3:56pm: Mr Fuller has shown the jury further pages from Mrs Baden-Clay’s journal.

On one page Mrs Baden-Clay wrote her “Daily Disciplines” which included exercising and drinking water.

On the following page she wrote: “I have a loving marriage with a wonderful relationship with great sex.”

On other pages she wrote lists of gratitudes. She wrote the final list of gratitudes on June 1, 2010.

Gerard and Allison Baden-Clay on their wedding day. Photo: Supplied

4:02pm: The journal reveals the Baden-Clays’ marriage was in trouble just two months later.

On August 23, 2010 Mrs Baden-Clay wrote:

“I would give anything for my partner to make love to me.”

On December 8, 2010 Mrs Baden-Clay wrote:

“If would give anything if my partner would love me and make love to me.”

“I’m afraid of losing my marriage, being a single mum, my marriage failing …

“Maybe I am still harbouring regrets about getting married and did I make the right decision?”

4:13pm: Meanwhile, Mr Fuller said, Mr Baden-Clay was embroiled in an affair with his then-employee Toni McHugh.

Come 2012, Mr Baden-Clay was promising Ms McHugh he would be with her “unconditionally” from July 1.

“This man was in love with Toni McHugh,” Mr Fuller said.

“This man wanted to be with Toni McHugh. But he was straddling the fence – didn’t have the courage to go, didn’t have the courage to stay. Does that not show the pressure and the place that this man was in come the 19th and 20th of April 2012?”

Gerard Baden-Clay and Toni McHugh’s emails are submitted to the Brisbane Supreme Court where the father-of-three is standing trial for his wife Allison’s murder. Photo: Court Exhibit

4:23pm: “She fell for the Baden-Clay product and fell hard,” Mr Fuller said of Ms McHugh.

“She was obviously in love with this man had endured three years of a relationship with him every day that was brought to an end in 2011 … and he refuses to make contact with her.

“Then he comes back into her life and it [the affair] continues, but under different conditions.”

“But she still is gracious enough to give him the out, but he doesn’t take it.”

The court has previously heard Ms McHugh and Mr Baden-Clay met at a Kelvin Grove coffee shop in early 2012.

At the meeting Ms McHugh said: “If you want to be with your wife, be with her.”

4:28pm: Court has adjourned for the day.

Mr Fuller will continue his closing address tomorrow.

Allison Baden-Clay put her husband’s phone on charge at 1.48am and then went for a late night walk “to clear her head” on the day she disappeared, a Supreme Court jury was told yesterday.

Defence barrister Michael Byrne QC in his closing address to the Supreme Court in Brisbane put to the jury that the Brookfield mother-of-three first took a 100mg tablet of the antidepressant Zoloft before leaving the house in her walking clothes.

He said Ms Baden-Clay might have decided to walk out into the night, further than usual, against a background of mental turmoil over her husband’s long-running affair, which they had discussed in detail the previous two nights; the possibility she would run into his mistress at a real estate conference the next day; and her failure to bear him a son.

Mr Byrne said the drugs in Ms Baden-Clay’s system would peak in her blood stream and be absorbed by 4am. He said it was possible, with an increased dose that she experienced disorientation brought on by “serotonin syndrome” or perhaps just the greater than usual aberrant side-effects of Zoloft.

“And some time, for some reason, she ends up in the river,” he said. “The autopsy report can’t rule out drowning, it can’t rule out a possible fall, a jump from the bridge which could have rendered her unconscious, and either drowning or dying in the river.”

He told the jury it was a scenario they might reject, but it was one which they might think was open to them on the evidence.

Gerard Baden-Clay, 43, has pleaded not guilty before Justice John Byrne to murdering his wife and dumping her body 13.5km away at the Kholo Creek Bridge at Anstead on April 19, 2012.

ANY EVIDENCE LIKE PHOTOS, VIDEO OR DOCUMENTS THE COURT RELEASES TO THE PUBLIC WILL BE PUBLISHED in the GBC Documents Page

 

 

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Max Sica GUILTY- Singh Murder-UPDATE-GETS 35 YEARS


UPDATE 06/07/12

ALMOST a decade after her children were murdered, Shirley Singh still lays out their clothes, makes them dinner and lights a candle so they don’t have to sleep in the dark.

They called her their tiger – their ferocious mother who would protect them from the evils of the world.

But she couldn’t protect them from Max Sica.

It is a truth that haunts her every day, a reality that has seen her attempt suicide, blame her only living child and push others away as she descends into the madness of a grief too great to bear.

The tragic life of Shirley Singh was revealed yesterday through victim impact statements read to a packed courtroom as her former neighbour was sentenced to 35 years’ jail for the brutal murders of her three children – the longest penalty in Queensland history.

The jury was discharged on Tuesday but nine chose to return to hear Justice John Byrne lock Sica away.

They stared in shock as the Crown detailed Sica’s life of crime.

Before he murdered the Singhs, Sica and a gang of thugs burnt down police stations, set fire to schools and fired a rifle into a house in a violent “rampage” lasting months, the court heard.

This was information that had been kept from the jury, so as not to skew their view when it came to deciding whether he was guilty of killing his former lover Neelma, 24, her brother Kunal, 18, and sister Sidhi, 12.

The jury’s mouths hung open and their stares of disbelief soon turned to glares.

They folded their arms, shook their heads and waited for him to look up. Sica never raised his eyes.

But it was the story of Shirley that had them wiping away the tears as they shared in her sorrow.

It had been nine years since “that” phone call, Shirley said in her statement to the court.

The children were dead, the caller told her. They’d been murdered.

It was her years of torment that would see most of the court reduced to tears – even Sica’s mother, Anna Maria, a steadfast believer in his innocence.

Sometimes Shirley would take sleeping tablets, drink wine and stumble into the nearby cemetery in the middle of the night, searching for their graves.

On the day of their funeral, she went on a cleaning frenzy, telling her friends that her children were coming home.

Once, she was found passed out in a park. It was Sidhi’s favourite place and Shirley had gone looking for her.

She stopped eating meat after seeing the state of their bodies after having been left in a hot spa for two days.

She was told not to sit with them before the funeral, with others worried the images might haunt her.

“I so much wanted to touch them but was scared as I did not want to hurt them because their skin was burnt,” Shirley said.

She became distraught when they were cremated. She wanted them embalmed and kept with her always.

Later that night, she went into Sidhi’s room and took her pillow. She hugged it as she sobbed for the little girl she’d lost.

“I then wrapped it in a blanket and held it in my arms, asked her for forgiveness for not being there and sang her favourite lullaby song and slept with it.” She did this every night until the pillow was taken away.

Kunal had left half a can of Coke in the fridge. She still has it. Sometimes she kisses it.

She hung pictures of them all over the house so they would always be with her. Some, she placed on their beds, where she lays out their clothes each day. She irons for them, folds for them and cooks for them.

Supermarkets are a nightmare and she tries not to look as she walks down aisles that hold their favourite foods.

The Singh house is a shrine to their dead children. The spa that became their grave is where she lights a candle each night “so they are not in the dark”.

“Even though people have asked me how I am living here, and my answer is, ‘How could I turn my back to my children after what has happened to them? What will they think of me – their tiger and not a coward?’ “

The police telephone call that changed Shirley’s life in 2003 came to Sonia Pathik, too– her eldest and only surviving daughter who no longer lived at the family home.

How tall were her sisters and brother, the police had asked. What were their dates of birth? What did they look like?

Three bodies had been found in the spa of her parents’ ensuite, they said. Her descriptions matched. Could she come and identify the bodies?

She got off the phone, gasping for breath, the shock bringing on an asthma attack.

“I am the oldest and I am the protector,” she told the court through her victim impact statement.

“I hated myself. I know what it feels like to be numb.”

For a long time she blamed herself. But worse – her parents blamed her, too, saying she should have been there.

“I became a forgotten child,” she said.

“My life will never be the same. They will not come back to me.”

THE JUDGEMENT IN FULL

SUPREME COURT OF QUEENSLAND

CITATION: R v Sica [2012] QSC 184

PARTIES: R V

SICA, Massimo

FILE NO/S: BS68/11

DIVISION: Trial

PROCEEDING: Sentence

ORIGINATING

COURT: Brisbane

DELIVERED ON: 5 July 2012

DELIVERED AT: Brisbane

HEARING DATE: 5 July 2012

JUDGE: Byrne SJA

ORDER: As per sentencing remarks.

CATCHWORDS: CRIMINAL LAW – SENTENCE – SENTENCING ORDERS – CUSTODIAL SENTENCELIFE SENTENCE

– GENERALLY – where accused convicted of three counts of murder – where accused on parole when committed the murders –where a non-parole period of 35 years was imposed for the three counts of murder

COUNSEL: B Campbell for the DPP

S Di Carlo for the defendant

SOLICITORS: Director of Public Prosecutions for the applicant

Legal Aid Queensland for the respondent

[1] Massimo Sica,

[2] In the middle of the night of Easter Sunday 2003, you went to the home of the Singh family.

[3] Neelma Singh was expecting you.

[4] Her brother, Kunal, aged 18, and sister, Sidhi, just 12 years old, were also in the house, probably asleep.

[5] Something happened in Neelma’s bedroom between the two of you

[6] Enraged by jealously most likely, you strangled Neelma with both hands, using sustained pressure for about a minute, intending to kill her.

[7] To ensure that Kunal and Sidhi would not tell that you had murdered Neelma, you murdered them too.

[8] You struck their heads with the tines of a garden fork, inflicting multiple blows with severe force.

[9] Neelma was probably dead when you struck, and disfigured, her face with the garden fork.

[10] You put your victims into the spa bath in the master bedroom ensuite.

[11] Your savage attack on Kunal had rendered him unconscious. He drowned after you filled the bath with water and covered the three bodies with bedding.

[12] These are brutal, horrific crimes – in the worst categories of murder.

[13] You set about covering your tracks.

[14] You cleaned up to some extent, using bleach.

[15] You implemented other measures to deceive the police.

[16] The deception you practised included using your own children, taking them to the house on the Tuesday afternoon, when you pretended to discover the bodies.

[17] You are manipulative and deceitful; and the pretences continued.

[18] A couple of examples may be mentioned.

[19] You feigned distress in making 000 calls and later that Tuesday during an interview with the police.

[20] Much the same thing happened when, during a walk-through of the house on Anzac Day, you presented yourself as overwhelmed by grief.

[21] And you lied – often: in particular, when you asserted that you were at your own home that Easter Sunday night.

[22] You were 33 years old at the time, on parole, with a criminal history that includes serious offences.

[23] You have no remorse whatsoever. Your only anxiety is for self-preservation.

[24] Illustrative of the absence of any remorse is this; since the killings, by your deliberate conduct, you have consciously added to the agony of the Singh family; as examples, you had it insinuated that Mr Singh may have instigated the killings, which is despicable; and, at the committal and at trial, your defence raised publicly matters of private concern with, obviously, a significant potential to humiliate Mr and Mrs Singh and Mrs Pathik; matters that, as you well knew, had nothing to do with the murders. Such misconduct tends against leniency.

[25] The murders have had devastating consequences for the Singh family.

[26] The victim impact statements of Mr and Mrs Singh and the surviving sibling, Mrs Pathik, reveal the awful miseries that they have experienced in the last nine years, and point to the suffering that they will endure for the rest of their lives.

[27] I have had regard to the factors specified in s.9 of the Penalties and Sentences Act

1992, including those listed in sub-section (4), in deciding on the minimum non- parole period.

[28] I have also taken into account totality considerations, which require the Court to examine the overall behaviour involved in the three murders in deciding on a just, appropriate non-parole period. Totality considerations operate as an ameliorating factor.

[29] Still, your offending is so very grave that it must be met with condign punishment.

[30] Massimo Sica,

[31] You are sentenced:

  • for the murder of Neelma Singh, to imprisonment for life;
  • for the murder of Kunal Singh, to imprisonment for life;
  • for the murder of Sidhi Singh, to imprisonment for life.

[32] Pursuant to s.159A(3) of the Penalties and Sentences Act 1992, I declare the 1,299 days spent in pre-sentence custody from 29 October 2008 until 13 November 2008, and from 30 December 2008 until today to be imprisonment already served under each of those sentences.

[33] Pursuant to s.305(2) of the Criminal Code, it is ordered that you must not be released from imprisonment until you have served a minimum of 35 years imprisonment, unless released sooner under exceptional circumstances parole under the Corrective Services Act 2006.

UPDATE 03/07/12

Max Sica faces decades in jail after being found guilty of murdering Singh siblings

Max Sica has been found guilty of brutally murdering his ex-girlfriend and her two siblings.

MASSIMO “Max” Sica is now staring at the prospect of one of the longest non-parole jail terms in Queensland history.

Standing in the dock of Brisbane’s Supreme Court yesterday, he remained motionless, stony-faced, almost uninterested as he was told three times he was guilty of murder each verdict taking him a step closer to spending the rest of his life in prison.

After 79 days of evidence, during which Sica was animated, blowing kisses and greeting his family, his team of supporters gasped, cried, wailed and muttered words of disbelief.

But the 42-year-old simply stood, hands clasped in front of him, as his jury’s foreman said he was guilty of killing his former girlfriend Neelma Singh, 24, and her siblings Kunal, 18, and Sidhi, 12, in April 2003.

The trio were found dead in an overflowing hot spa at their parent’s Bridgeman Downs home in Brisbane’s northern suburbs.

Sica is expected to receive a mandatory sentence of life imprisonment for each murder, but it is also expected the Crown will ask he serve a minimum of 45 years in jail, 15 years for each death.

Murder carries a mandatory life sentence in Queensland, with a minimum non-parole period of 20 years for those found guilty of multiple killings.

Max Sica 000 call

Listen to the Triple-0 call Max Sica made to report the discovery of three bodies in a bathtub at the Singh’s Bridgeman Downs home.

The siblings’ mother, Shirley Singh, in the public gallery of Court 1 two floors away, hugged herself as she watched the video feed of the verdict.

After the verdicts Mrs Singh said she still carried “horrible visions” of what Sica did to three of her four children.

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Sica, when asked if he wanted to address the court, said: “Well, I didn’t kill no one and the Queensland justice system is corrupt, OK? Sorry. That’s all I have to say.”

Justice John Byrne then invited the jury to remain for the sentence if they wished.

All 12 jurors, weary after four months of evidence and four days of deliberations, elected to stay.

However, Sica’s barrister, Sam di Carlo, was absent, leaving his instructing solicitor Peter Saggers to request sentence be adjourned until 10am tomorrow.

Prosecutor Michael Byrne, SC, said the delay would allow the Singh siblings’ father Vijay Singh, the opportunity to be present for the ruling .

Outside court yesterday, Sica’s enraged mother, Anna Maria, maintained her Max was innocent. “I know my son’s innocent!” she said. “I know my son! You understand?”

Sica’s father, Carlo, wept as he tried to comfort his wife, saying: “Come on baby let’s go.”

Police Assistant Commissioner Mike Condon, outside court, paid tribute to his officers and the Singh family.

“The Singh family are a courageous group … (and) their energy drove us when we were struggling and perhaps starting to second guess ourselves on whether we’d ever solve it,” he said.

Jury retires to decide fate of Max Sica, accused of murdering Singh siblings

UPDATE 27/06/12

THE jury has retired to consider its verdict on the 76th day of the Singh siblings murder trial.

In the Supreme Court in Brisbane, Justice John Byrne finished his summing up to the jury and then sent the panel – eight men and four women – to deliberate.

The panel was minus the three emergency jurors who sat through the entire trial in case they were needed to replace someone on the panel proper.

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The jury will consider evidence from 100 witnesses including Sica and Singh family relatives, friends of the victims, forensic experts, Singh family neighbours, workers from nearby building sites, and police.

If found guilty, Sica could face three life sentences each with a minimum 15 years before he is eligible for parole – making 45 years.

Max Sica, 42, has pleaded not guilty to murdering Neelma Singh, 24, Kunal Singh, 18, and Sidhi Singh, 12, at Bridgeman Downs, on April 21, 2003.

At the resumption of the trial on Wednesday morning, Justice Byrne told the jury he had realised that he missed a page while reading his summary.

He then read a passage in which Sica allegedly told witness Andrea Bowman that he would not be stupid enough to take police to where jewellery missing from the house was to be found.

Justice Byrne then told the jury if they needed any assistance for redirection on the law or any matter he would do his best to help them.

Triple murder trial adjourned

May 10, 2012

The trial of accused triple murderer Massimo ‘Max’ Sica has been adjourned as a result of “unforeseen matters”.

When court was due to resume this morning for the 49th day of the trial, Justice John Byrne sent a message to the jury saying “matters had arisen” that would delay proceedings.

Mr Sica, 42, has pleaded not guilty to murdering his ex-girlfriend Neelma Singh, 24, her brother Kunal, 18, and sister Sidhi, 12, at their Bridgeman Downs home in the early hours of April 21, 2003.

The court was due to hear today from Canadian crime scene impression specialist Robert Kennedy who was called upon after the alleged murders to examine bleached foot impressions that were found by police at the base of the staircase in the Singhs’ home.

The jury has previously seen video footage of Mr Kennedy conducting a series of tests with Mr Sica at the Petrie police station in 2004 using a set of replica stairs.

Prosecutors have alleged Mr Sica strangled Neelma and then murdered her two younger siblings with either a garden fork or a heavy long-handled spatula, to prevent them telling police.

The trial will resume on Monday.

The Max Sica Trial-Commenced Jan 31, 2012 – at the Brisbane Supreme Court – Currently on Day 45

Already the Biggest and longest Criminal Trial in Qld History

Scheduled to go for 5 months, over 800 witnesses and a jury pool selected from thousands down to 12 jurors and 3 reserves. They are all there for the Murder Trial of Massimo “Max” Sica, who has been charged with murdering Neelma Singh, 24, (his ex girlfirend) Kunal Singh, 18, and Sidhi Singh, 12, who were found dead in their family home at Bridgeman Downs, in Brisbane’s north, on April 22, 2003.

THE MAIN PLAYERS (hover over each photo for information)

Today

‘Nasty’ police called Sica witness ‘loony’

POLICE investigating murders of the Singh siblings accused of ignoring a witness in the trial of Max Sica because they thought she was “loony tunes”.

Singh detective denies tricking witness

THE lead investigator in the Singh murder trial denied he had tricked a witness out of claiming he saw one of the siblings hours after police believe she was killed.

Yesterday

Cool down, gents, orders Sica trial judge

FIERY scenes in Singh siblings murder trial lead judge to call for “composure break” during cross examination of the chief investigating officer.

Kindnap plot ruled out in Singh case

FOUR men caught before they carried out a kidnap plot on Brisbane’s southside were in jail when the Singh children were murdered, a court heard Tuesday.

2 days ago

‘Cops blamed Sica from the start’

COURT hears lawyers for alleged killer Max Sica accuse police of treating him as the prime suspect in Singh sibling murders from day one.

3 days ago

Murder scene footprint ‘may be Sica’s’

AN expert forensic podiatrist could not eliminate accused killer Max Sica as the person who left a footprint at the Singh family murder scene, a court heard today.

5 days ago

Podiatrist to tell of footprint clue

AN EXPERT podiatrist will on Monday give evidence about whether a footprint found in bleach at the Singh siblings’ murder scene could be linked to their accused killer Max Sica.

Last week

Police built replica staircase in Singh case

POLICE built a replica staircase of the Singh house to test accused killer Max Sica’s feet after a foot imprint was found in bleach, a court has been told.

Police tested whether Sica put foot in it

POLICE experts spent hours examining feet of accused killer Max Sica after an imprint was found in bleach at the Singh siblings murder scene, a court hears.

Last week

Not my car near Singh house, says Sica

ACCUSED killer Max Sica vehemently denied to police it was his car spotted in a street near the home of the Singh siblings on the night police say they were murdered.

Blood of victims on garden fork

THE blood of all three murdered Singh siblings was found on a garden fork that the killer had tried to wipe clean, a court was told yesterday.

Last week

Sica ‘home the night Singhs killed’

ACCUSED killer Max Sica told police he was home the night the Singh siblings died after plans to visit Neelma fell over because she was ill.

Sica’s computer was erased, court hears

POLICE found accused killer Max Sica’s computer was encrypted and its hard drive erased when they went to his house on the day he found the bodies of the Singh siblings, a court heard.

Last week

Sica admits sending nude Singh pics

ACCUSED killer Max Sica changed his story and agreed he had sent nude pics of his ex-girlfriend Neelma Singh to her family and friends to spite her father, a court heard today.

Neelma kept Sica texts after nude photos

MURDER victim Neelma Singh kept phone messages from accused killer Max Sica after she believed he had emailed nude photographs of her to friends and family.

Last week

Mum ‘belted Singh sister’ over cake for Sica

MURDER victim Neelma Singh was once assaulted by her mother because she had given her now accused killer Max Sica a banana cake, a court has heard.

2 weeks ago

Sica used ‘Mad Max’ as online alias

ACCUSED killer Max Sica used a series of noms de plume on the internet that included Psycho Max, Naughty Max, Mad Max and Softservelover, court hears.

2 weeks ago

Alleged kill weapon stashed behind BBQ

POLICE found a garden fork allegedly used to bash the Singh siblings hidden behind a barbecue in their garage two weeks after the children were murdered, a court hears.

3 weeks ago

Video shows Sica crying in Singh home

ACCUSED killer Max Sica broke down and couldn’t continue when police took him on a walk through of the Singh siblings’s murder scene, a court has seen.

3 weeks ago

‘Why would I do such a thing?’

ACCUSED killer Max Sica tearfully denied to police that he had murdered the three Singh siblings, asking detectives why he would do such a thing, a court has heard.

3 weeks ago

Sica cheated on new lover with Neelma

MAX Sica told police he remained in a sexual relationship with Neelma Singh up to the time of her death despite having a new girlfriend, a court hears.

3 weeks ago

Police didn’t ‘drop the ball’ at Singh home

ONE of the first police officers to find the bodies of the murdered Singh siblings has told a court how she didn’t have time to “drop the ball” as she followed procedures to secure the area.

Police officer tells of finding bodies

THE barrister for accused killer Max Sica yesterday clashed with the first police officer to see the murdered Singh siblings bodies.

4 weeks ago

Sica trial stalls as juror takes sick

THE Max Sica murder trial will not sit today after a juror became ill and was taken to hospital by ambulance.

4 weeks ago

Don’t call my girl, Sica warned love rival

ACCUSED killer Max Sica warned off a Fijian rival who lost his virginity to Neelma Singh, telling the love-sick teen to stop ringing her, a court hears.

5 weeks ago

Sica ‘at death house for 30 minutes’

WITNESS says Max Sica arrived at the Singh family’s house 30 minutes before the accused murderer called the police to report that he had found the Singh children’s bodies.

5 weeks ago

Docs know how, but not when Singhs died

FORENSIC experts unable to estimate the time the three Singh siblings were murdered because their bodies were left in a running spa bath, a court has heard.

5 weeks ago

Neelma ‘bashed with garden fork’

ONE of the murdered Singh siblings, Neelma, was bashed with a garden fork before being strangled to death and her body placed in a hot spa bath, a court heard.

5 weeks ago

Singh murders later than thought

A YOUNG girl and a dog were spotted at the Singh house hours after police believed the children were already dead.

6 weeks ago

Flying trestle ‘almost hit Sica children’

FLYING trestle almost hit Max Sica’s children while they were waiting for him at a house where he found the bodies of the murdered Singh siblings, court told.

6 weeks ago

Sica ‘cried’ after deaths, web date claims

ACCUSED triple killer Max Sica was “inconsolable” and often cried following the deaths of the Singh siblings, according to a woman he met on a dating website.

6 weeks ago

‘Scream, shots’ day after Singhs killed

SINGH murder trial takes a twist with witnesses telling of  “blood curdling scream” and “gun shots” day after police say the siblings were killed.

6 weeks ago

Time dispute in Sica murder trial

THE time accused killer Max Sica arrived at a house to discover the bodies of the three Singh siblings was put under the microscope in a murder trial today.

7 weeks ago

Friend’s horror over ‘naked Neelma’ email

A FRIEND has told the Max Sica trial of her distress when she received a photograph of Neelma Singh naked and handcuffed to a bedpost.

7 weeks ago

Singh girl ‘cried after seeing Sica email’

Sidhi Singh was reduced to tears during her 12th birthday party when she saw an email from her accused killer Max Sica, a court has been told.

7 weeks ago

Murder trial told of picnic before death

THE youngest of the murdered Singh siblings, Sidhi, was happily playing with a friend on a picnic only hours before she was battered to death, court hears.

Sica trial: Singh sick before death

ONE of the murdered Singh siblings had declined to go to a party on the night he was murdered because he was feeling ill, a court heard yesterday.

7 weeks ago

Sica warned ‘not to do anything stupid’

MAX Sica’s parole officer told him to “not do anything stupid” when he complained that Neelma Singh might try to have him arrested, the Singh murder trial has heard.

Questions over mystery in Singh case

LAWYERS for Max Sica, the man accused of killing the Singh siblings, have raised questions about the night a mystery car was seen near the murder victims home.

7 weeks ago

Mystery car spotted near Singh house

A MYSTERY car was parked in a street near the home of the murdered Singh siblings on the night they were allegedly killed, a court heard today.

Sica tells of kidnap plot

THE accused killer of the Singh siblings, Max Sica, knew of an unrelated plan to kidnap an Asian businessman and hold him for ransom, a court was told yesterday.

8 weeks ago

Neelma didn’t believe brain tumour claim

NEELMA Singh told her doctor she didn’t trust her ex-boyfriend Max Sica’s claim that he was dying of a brain tumour, murder trial hears.

8 weeks ago

Sica and murder victim had ‘rough sex’

NEELMA Singh allegedly told a close friend that some of her “intimate experiences” with her now accused killer Max Sica had “hurt her”, the Singh sibling murder trial hears.

Neelma Singh fist fight lesbian sacked

LESBIAN French woman who had fist fight with Neelma Singh at airline attendants’ training course in Dubai was sacked, the Singh murder trial heard today.

8 weeks ago

Neelma ‘had fight with French lesbian’

NEELMA Singh had a “physical fight” with her French lesbian flatmate while training to be a flight attendant in Dubai, the Singh sibling murder trial has heard.

8 weeks ago

‘Gay Sica in sham relationship with Neelma’

ACCUSED killer Max Sica claimed to be gay and in a sham relationship with his girlfriend Neelma Singh when he encouraged her ex-boyfriend to rekindle a relationship with her, a court heard today.

Singh ‘feared for daughter’s life’

VIJAY Singh complained to police shortly before deaths of his children that he feared for safety of his daughter after she broke up with accused killer.

8 weeks ago

‘Mystery visitor’ on night Singhs killed

THE identity of a mystery visitor to the Singh home on the night three siblings were murdered had troubled their surviving sister for nine years, a court hears.

‘My sisters were scared’, says Singh

SISTER to murdered Singh siblings said Neelma and Sidhi appeared “frightened” at a family function a few days before both were killed, a court hears.

Singh sister issued warning before slaying

A WOMAN whose three siblings were brutally murdered repeatedly warned her younger sister to stay away from the accused killer, a court was told.

9 weeks ago

Singh sister denies sending sex emails

THE older sister of the slain Singh siblings has denied creating adult sex web pages of herself that were emailed to her extended family and friends, a court has heard.

Singh mum: I won’t look at naked pics

THE mother of the slain Singh siblings threatened to walk out of court if she was shown a naked photograph of her daughter which had been emailed to family and friends.

9 weeks ago

Singh mum ‘argued with husband’s lover’

MOTHER of murdered Singh siblings had heated argument with her husband’s married lover outside a pizza shop in Fiji, court told.

9 weeks ago

‘A wife’s duty to be in threesome’

FATHER of murdered Singh siblings told wife she would be failing in her duty to him if she didn’t take part in three-way sex with strangers,  court told.

9 weeks ago

Accused killer kept visiting us – mother

12:44PM ACCUSED triple murderer Max Sica persistently visited his alleged victims despite being repeatedly told by their parents to stay away, a court has heard.

Nude photos of Neelma sent to family

MURDER victim Neelma Singh was ashamed when emails featuring nude photos of her were sent to a large number of her friends and family, a court heard today.

10 weeks ago

Singh’s sleep haunted on night of murder

FATHER of the murdered Singh siblings had a “horrible dream” and woke screaming on the night they were allegedly killed, a court hears.

Sica trial delayed by traffic chaos

THE Singh sibling murder trial was delayed after a juror failed to arrive on time – almost certainly because of traffic chaos around Brisbane.

10 weeks ago

‘Goody goody’ Sica ‘brainwashed’ Singhs

THE father of the murdered Singh siblings accuses murder accused Max Sica of brainwashing his family by acting in a “goody, goody” way, a court hears.

10 weeks ago

Sica trial reveals sex in the suburbs

SORDID sex in the suburbs, bitter business deals and domestic violence were among the accusations thrown before the jury in Queensland’s biggest murder trial.

10 weeks ago

Singh bashed daughter for talking to boy

FATHER of the murdered Singh siblings once faced court for bashing his daughter with a pool cue because she was talking on the phone with a boy.

Sica trial sex secrets aired

ALLEGATIONS of threesomes, prostitutes and erotic massages arose in the Singh murder trial as the sex lives of the victims’ parents were laid bare.

11 weeks ago

Singh father ‘wanted threesome with Sica’

THE father of the murdered Singh siblings today denied he once asked his wife to approach his children’s accused killer Max Sica to take part in a sexual threesome.

Sica trial hears of three-way sex

THE “dirty laundry” of Vijay Singh, the father of the murdered Singh siblings, was aired in court with evidence of three-way sex and a mistress.

11 weeks ago

Sica ‘threatened to kill father’

ACCUSED triple murderer Max Sica was caught on tape threatening to “put down” the father of the Singh siblings, court told.

11 weeks ago

Singh father tells of row with Sica

FATHER of the murdered Singh children told a trial how he had a heated argument with their alleged killer, Max Sica, when Sica asked to marry his daughter.

Jury hears call of ‘upset’ Sica

THE jury in the Singh siblings murder trial has heard a triple-0 emergency call in which accused killer Max Sica was distraught when reporting the discovery of their bodies.

11 weeks ago

Sica suicide threat over ‘brain tumour’

JURY in the Singh siblings murder trial hears recording  in which accused killer Max Sica claimed he would commit suicide because he had a brain tumour.

Sica called Hindu god on Singh father

THE man accused of murdering the Singh siblings had earlier sent an  email to their father hoping for his divine punishment, a court has been told.

11 weeks ago

Victim ‘sent email wanting her dad bashed’

NELMA Singh once asked her alleged killer to bash her father because she believed he was cheating on her mother, a Brisbane court has been told.

12 weeks ago

Sica ‘confessed’ to Singh killings

A MAN who is accused of strangling his girlfriend and killing her two siblings allegedly “confessed” to killing her to a friend who was writing a book on the murders, a court heard.

12 weeks ago

Sica had complex relationship with victim

MAX Sica allegedly strangled his girlfriend and then murdered her two younger siblings as they were the only potential witnesses to his crime, a court heard.

14 weeks ago

800 witnesses for Sica murder trial

ONE of the biggest murder trials in Australian history under way with 800 witnesses listed to appear as Max Sica pleads not guilty to murdering the Singh siblings.

14 weeks ago

Jury challenge for Sica trial

SEVERAL hundred potential jurors have been told to gather in Brisbane’s Supreme Court on Tuesday for the start of one of the biggest murder trials in the state’s history.

-115 days ago

Sica fails in bid for judge-only trial

ACCUSED triple murderer Max Sica will have his case heard by a jury after his application for a judge-only trial was refused.

 

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