News

McCulkin trial: Accused killer O'Dempsey won't give evidence

Vincent O'Dempsey.
Vincent O'Dempsey.

VINCENT O'Dempsey will not give evidence at his Supreme Court trial for allegedly killing Barbara McCulkin and her two children more than 40 years ago.

The prosecution case against the 78-year-old has closed on the 11th day of the trial at the conclusion of evidence from a prison informant and a police officer.

Mrs McCulkin, 34, and her daughters Vicki, 13, and Leanne, 11, were allegedly murdered by O'Dempsey and Garry Dubois when they went missing from their Highgate Hill home in January, 1974.

 

Vicki Marie McCulkin, who, with her mother Barbara McCulkin and sister Barbara Leanne McCulkin, disappeared from their Highgate Hill home in January 1974.
Vicki Marie McCulkin, who, with her mother Barbara McCulkin and sister Barbara Leanne McCulkin, disappeared from their Highgate Hill home in January 1974. Queensland Police
 

O'Dempsey, 78, has pleaded not guilty in the Brisbane Supreme Court to three charges of murder and one count of deprivation of liberty, while Dubois has a separate trial.

When O'Dempsey was asked today whether he would give or call evidence, his barrister Tony Glynn QC answered on his behalf that he would do neither.

It is a defendant's right not to appear in the witness box and that decision cannot be used against a person facing trial.

The jury has now been dismissed for the day and will return on Monday to hear closing submissions from the prosecution and defence.
 

Court sketch: Vincent O'Dempsey
Court sketch: Vincent O'Dempsey

Earlier today, a prison informant denied he invented a conversation with O'Dempsey in which he allegedly admitted to having a role in the infamous cold case.

"I suggest to you that at no time did Mr O'Dempsey tell you that he had played any role in the disappearance or killing of the McCulkins," Mr Glynn asked the witness.

He replied: "No, I disagree with that entirely".

The witness also disagreed with Mr Glynn's suggestion that O'Dempsey "never indicated ... an intention or desire to harm any person."

More than 50 witnesses have given evidence since the trial started on May 2.

 
News Corp Australia

Topics:  editors picks mcculkin murder trial vincent o'dempsey


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Meaning of womanhood

EXPLORATION: BJ Long's workshop/performance will focus on feminity as examined through music, mythology and movement.

A show focused on what it means to be a woman coming to Monto.

Long road before us

COARSE ROADS: No plans for Mt Perry road upgrades after petition dismissed by Minister for Main Roads.

Road works petition dismissed by Minister for Main Roads.

A guide to why electricity prices have soared

Photo: File

Understanding the electricity conundrum

Local Partners

LNP promises to bring back speed camera signs

Queensland Opposition promises, if re-elected, to "end revenue raising" and by making police display speed camera warning signs.

Amber Heard, Elon Musk among Splendour celebs

Bernard Fanning plays the main stage at Splendour in the Grass 2017 on day 2.

DAY TWO of Splendour in the Grass was the day of celebrities.

Dress code strictly active wear at city lunch

A design from luxe sportswear label Sport Le Moda.

Joggers, tights, jumpers and even sweatpants will be the dress code

Athlete faces tough new obstacle on TV

Olympic gymnast Larrissa Miller tackling the tough course.

She's no stranger to stepping outside of her comfort zone

The Bachelor contestant defends topless performer past

IT’S been a whirlwind week for The Bachelor contestant Leah Costa, who’s been forced to defend her past as a topless entertainer after near-nude photos emerged.

REVIEW: Bigger 10.5 inch iPad Pro packs power, fun

Apple's latest iPad Pro offers plenty of creativity for both work and play.

ProMotion technology provides for super smooth scrolling

Elon Musk using anti-phone device at Splendour?

FILE - In this April 30, 2015, file photo, Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk unveils the company's newest products, in Hawthorne, Calif. Tesla Motors is starting to build its electric cars with all the sensors, cameras and other gear needed to drive completely on their own when regulations allow the technology to take over that responsibility. The announcement made late Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016, by Tesla CEO Musk marks the Silicon Valley automaker's next step toward selling cars that can navigate the roads without the help of a human. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu, File)

Did Musk use high-tech to protect his privacy at the festival?

Cartoonist Mitch Cairns wins Archibald Prize

A portrait of Agatha Gothe-Snape has won the 2017 Archibald Prize for cartoonist Mitch Cairns.

Portrait of partner capture renowned art accolade.

Princess Diana: How an Aussie's story made her cry

‘A tear rolled down her cheek’ ... Phil Williams tells his story to Princess Diana.

Phil Williams met Princess Diana on his 18th birthday.

Jonathan LaPaglia takes you inside Australian Survivor s2

Jonathan LaPaglia in a scene from season two of Australian Survivor.

Strategy plays key role as castaways seek to make savvy moves.

Bachelor Recap: Matty’s stunning public rejection

Chic.

Last night we saw humiliation at its best