Defence Terry O'Gorman believes police have taken too long to provide evidence against accused killer Vincent O'Dempsey. Photo: Geoff Egan
Defence Terry O'Gorman believes police have taken too long to provide evidence against accused killer Vincent O'Dempsey. Photo: Geoff Egan

Decades old McCulkin evidence “unsearchable”

EVIDENCE from the 1970s investigation into two men accused of killing Barbara McCulkin and her two daughters cannot be found as parts of the police archive is "unsearchable", a court has heard.

Warwick man Vincent O'Dempsey and Maryborough man Gary Reginald Dubois have been charged with murdering Vicki, Leanne and Barbara McCulkin in 1974.

In a directions hearing in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on Friday Mr O'Dempsey's lawyer, Terry O'Gorman, said he had requested police disclose more than 160 pieces of information - some dating back to the 1970s.

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Much of the information had been delivered in the last week - some as late as Thursday evening.

Mr O'Gorman questioned arresting officer Detective Sergeant Virginia Gray on Friday - asking why the information had taken so long to arrive.

Det Sgt Gray said some of the historical had been impossible to locate, "unsearchable" or no longer existed - including police notebooks, which had been destroyed, and microfiche, which could not be found.

Mr O'Gorman had requested police directives on interviewing suspects from the 1970s as one statement from a witness, who cannot yet be named, claiming Mr O'Dempsey admitted to the murders, had never been signed.

Mr O'Gorman said police in the 1970s had used unsigned statements to "verbal" suspects - making up evidence they claimed had been stated verbally and did not have confirmed.

Outside court Mr O'Gorman said police delays in delivering evidence was detrimental to his client.

"There's been a fair bit of delay and we're not happy about that because it makes it difficult for us to prepare our case," he said. The case will return to court in August.

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