Accused murderer asks not to sit in dock with co-accused

ONE of the four people accused of murdering 23-year-old Kieren Pye has been granted permission to be separated from his co-accused during a committal hearing tomorrow.

The four people charged with the murder will appear in Ipswich Magistrates Court for day two of a committal hearing.

Redbank Plains man Wayne Lemaga, 30, Bellbird Park woman Cassandra Renee Levelle, 37, Gailes man Tupu Sauaga, 24, and Goodna man Paul Anthony Benecki, 41, were charged after Mr Pye was found in a vehicle in an industrial estate near Cobalt St at Carole Park with multiple stab wounds, in April last year.

This morning Benecki's defence lawyer Angus Edwards made an application asking for his client not sit with the co-accused in docks throughout the proceedings.

Magistrate Virginia Sturgess said while the particulars of the application were yet to be decided, she allowed Benecki to sit elsewhere in the court room under watch house staff care.

Ms Sturgess said all four defendants must appear in person before the court tomorrow.


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