News

O'Dempsey could make bail bid for Christmas

IN CUSTODY: Vince O’Dempsey pictured just after his arrest in relation to the McCulkin cold case.
IN CUSTODY: Vince O’Dempsey pictured just after his arrest in relation to the McCulkin cold case. CHANNEL

ACCUSED murderer and drug trafficker Vincent O'Dempsey could spend Christmas behind bars, with his lawyer only saying a bail application was under "ongoing consideration".

Lawyer Terry O'Gorman appeared in the Warwick Magistrates Court by telephone yesterday representing O'Dempsey and co-accused Keith Patrick McVeigh.

Neither O'Dempsey, 76, nor McVeigh, 55, were required to appear in court and remain in custody.

The pair and a third co-accused, Warren Peter McDonald, face a litany of drug charges, including possessing, producing and trafficking dangerous drugs.

The men were arrested earlier this month.

It is alleged the trio were behind a large marijuana plantation at Karara between 1996 and 1998 and another at Emu Vale from 2003 until 2014.

O'Dempsey was also allegedly found to be in possession of marijuana and a large sum of money located in a buried shipping container during a search of a Massie property.

McDonald, 44, is free on Supreme Court bail after a successful application last week and it is expected McVeigh will make an application for bail in the same court on Thursday.

It is unclear if Vince O'Dempsey will make a similar application or will remain behind bars until his matters are finalised.

Mr O'Gorman yesterday told the Warwick court he was waiting on police briefs so the matter could be advanced.

Police Prosecutor Ken Wiggan advised that the complexity of the matter meant briefs would take some time to generate, requesting a three-month adjournment.

Mr O'Gorman suggested six weeks would be more appropriate.

Magistrate Bevan Manthey ordered the matters for all three men be mentioned in the court again on January 5.

Meanwhile, Mr O'Gorman also made an equally brief appearance in Brisbane Magistrates Court yesterday, representing O'Dempsey in relation to the 40-year-old McCulkin family murders.

Mr O'Dempsey faces deprivation of liberty and other charges on top of murder, in relation to Barbara McCulkin and her daughters Leanne and Vicki's disappearances from their Brisbane home on January 16, 1974.

His matter was adjourned to February 2.

Mr O'Dempsey co-accused, Torbanlea man Garry Reginald Dubois, 67, also had his matter adjourned to February 16 for a callover.

Topics:  court crime drugs



Family farming in the Goomburra Valley

Rohan and Fiona will be at this Saturday’s Seasonal Feast Market in Warwick, in the Art Gallery courtyard, with their pork products.

“We have learned about the value of breeds for flavour.”

More than 100 passengers affected by train derailment

A freight train has derailed at Raglan.

Emergency services respond to freight train accident

Warwick woman's amazing photo wins competition

Helena Moore's I Am Summer competition winning photo.

Helena Moore of Warwick is the winner of the I Am Summer competition

Local Partners

Clifton in election carve up

Clifton could become part of a new seat by the next Queensland election in a shake-up of political boundaries.


4 things you can't miss this week

Winners Stunned Mullets and runners-up Marbuck's XI after the final of the Condamine Sports Club Australia Day Cricket Carnival. Photo Gerard Walsh / Warwick Daily News

Here are 4 things you can't miss this week

Events you need to be at this week...

Andrew Lange races at Warwick Dragway.

No Prep Kaos drag racing open to all

Noll meltdown won't affect Gympie Oz Day concert

Shannon Noll

Photo Contributed

Shannon Noll is still expected to perform in Gympie next Thursday

Why The Walking Dead cast are paid a pittance

Despite massive ratings the cast haven't been shown the money

50 Shades Dornan on why he hates the film

Dornan and Johnson’s frequent sex scenes were ‘awkward’ to film. Picture: SuppliedSource:Supplied

Jamie Dornan doesn’t blame you for hating 50 Shades

Chris Hemsworth’s X-rated compliment to former co-star

Australian actor Chris Hemsworth poses on the red carpet for the European premiere of the film 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' in London on April 21, 2015.

THOR star once paid former Home and Away actress a lewd compliment.

'I can't keep my mouth shut any longer'

Singer George Michael.

George Michael’s cousin blasts singer’s boyfriend Fadi Fawaz.

Fresh faces: NCIS gets a shake up with new cast members

The new cast of NCIS, from left, Rocky Carroll, Pauley Perrette, Sean Murray, David McCallum, Brian Dietzen, Wilmer Valderrama, Emily Wickersham, Mark Harmon, Duane Henry and Jennifer Esposito.

THREE new characters join naval drama for season 14.

First the Onesie, now an Xbox One S inflatable controller

Fancy an inflatable Xbox One S controller?

Inflatable controller 'perfect sidekick' for Australia Day party

Thousands of jobs part of $1b retirement village project

THIS YEAR: An artist impression of the new Aveo retirement village in Springfield.

Aveo Springfield unveiled this month, homes ready by July

KNIFE-EDGE: The housing tightrope we now face

Even the smallest interest rate rise will be hard for some to handle.

One if five home owners at risk, according to new analysis

'Difficult times': Rental prices tipped to increase in 2017

GREAT BUYS: There are some great rentals and houses to buy in South Gladstone. Head to gladstoneobserver.com.au for the top 10 homes under $100 to rent right now in the Gladstone region.

Investors may soon see a "profitable return” on properties.

Historical home leaves family's hands after 75 years

SALE CONFIRMED: The Gympie Regional   Realty team which sold the Ramsey property are (back) Mel Gastigar, Dorothy Palmer and Margaret Cochrane, with (front) home seller Terri-Jayne Ramsey.

Ramsey family played a huge role in Gympie's growth.

What a year 2016 proved to be

Entrance Island, Birtinya

Get the inside info from the agents themselves

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!