Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Stabbing Death Trial; Special Judge-Only Hearing for Murder Charge against Tabulam Man

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Stabbing Death Trial; Special Judge-Only Hearing for Murder Charge against Tabulam Man

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Byline: Ross Irby ross.irby@northernstar.com.au

A TABULAM man charged with the murder of his cousin has gone on trial at a special judge-only hearing of the Supreme Court in Lismore.

Calvin 'Jocks' Walker has pleaded not guilty to the charge of murdering Douglas Walker at Tabulam on December 2, 2006.

The Crown requested the matter be heard at the special hearing after the Supreme Court in May last year found Walker was mentally unfit to be tried before a jury. A Mental Health Tribunal also found him unfit for trial.

Walker is appearing at the hearing via video-link from the Prison Hospital at Long Bay Jail.

The Crown case before Justice G Barr, under Section 21A of the Mental Health Criminal Proceedings Act, accuses Walker of stabbing his cousin once in the back, with the blade piercing his left lung.

It alleges Walker held animosity toward Douglas, 'Dougie Jnr', because his partner Bianca Collins once had a brief relationship with him. …

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