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THE man charged with the murder of outback nurse Gayle Woodford is the target of payback threats by other inmates, a court has heard.
Dudley Davey appeared in Port Augusta Magistrates Court today charged with the murder of Mrs Woodford at Fregon in the APY Lands early last Thursday.
Davey, 34, wearing a black T-shirt, stood silently in hand cuffs flanked by two sheriffs officers throughout the hearing.
His duty solicitor urged Magistrate Clive Kitchin to impose a suppression order on Davey’s name and image.
He argued that publication of Davey’s name could lead to him being harmed inside the prison system by Aboriginal inmates who are angered at what he is alleged to have done.
However, prosecutors argued that Davey’s identity was already well known throughout the APY Lands and had been broadcast by some media outlets.
Mr Kitchin said he was not prepared to make such an order, noting that hardship to an accused person was not a basis for suppression.
“This accused is facing potential retribution from prisoners in custody and other members of the community,” Mr Kitchin said.
“The chances of him getting bail on this matter are remote, and the chances that his name will not be known by other inmates inside prison is also remote.”
Prosecutors told the court that the investigation into Mrs Woodford’s murder was well progressed, after forensic experts completed their assessment of the shallow grave where her body was found and surrounding areas.
Davey, of Mimili, also faces a charge of theft for allegedly stealing the ambulance which Mrs Woodford drove.
He was arrested in Coober Pedy on Thursday morning after police used the ambulance’s GPS data to pinpoint its location.
Davey allegedly lured Mrs Woodford from the home she shared with her schoolteacher husband Keith.
It was only after Mrs Woodford failed to appear at work and the ambulance was noted missing that the alarm was raised about 10.30am Thursday.
The court did not hear any details on how Davey allegedly murdered the 56-year-old mother-of-two or how he was able to lure her from her home.
Davey made no application for bail and was remanded in custody to face court in June.