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Dubois tells neighbour 'they'll never find the bodies'

Barbara McCulkin (right) and her daughters Vicky (left) and Leanne (centre) disappeared from their home on January 16, 1974. Contributed
Barbara McCulkin (right) and her daughters Vicky (left) and Leanne (centre) disappeared from their home on January 16, 1974. Contributed

A MAN who lived next door to accused murderer Garry Dubois when they lived near Hervey Bay said Mr Dubois admitted he had been charged with murder and that "they'll never find the bodies".

At a committal hearing in Brisbane this afternoon, Trevor McGrath gave evidence and said he lived next door to Mr Dubois at Howard for about two years, until about 2012.

About a year and a half after Mr Dubois had moved in, Mr McGrath said they were drinking at Mr Dubois's house one night when Mr Dubois confessed about his criminal history.

Mr McGrath told the court that Mr Dubois said he had been charged with murder and had been in jail but was released because of insufficient evidence.

Mr Dubois, who grew up in Mackay, and Warwick man Vincent O'Dempsey, have been charged with murdering Barbara McCulkin and her two daughters in 1974.

A committal hearing is being held his week in Brisbane.

Mr McGrath also told the court Mr Dubois said they would never find the bodies.

The court heard Mr McGrath saw a Fraser Coast Chronicle article after Mr Dubois had moved out about how the police were searching for Mr Dubois over murders.

Mr McGrath said he phoned police after reading that article.

Earlier, Keith Meredith, who was once tied up with Mr Dubois and other men in the 1970s said they never referred to themselves as the "Clockwork Orange" gang; that was a name one man gave them.

He said their group was a group of friends who would break and enter into places.

 

Vincent O'Dempsey. Photo Warwick Daily News
Vincent O'Dempsey. Photo Warwick Daily News

11:30 AM : O'Dempsey dubbed 'angel of death' in underworld: court

 

A FORMER Warwick woman has described her former boyfriend, accused murderer Vincent O'Dempsey, as a "hit man" and a "serial killer" who was known as "the angel of death in the underworld".

Kerri-Anne Scully, who lived with Mr O'Dempsey in Warwick for about six months between 2011 and 2012, is giving evidence in court today as part of a committal hearing for Mr O'Dempsey and Torbanlea man Garry Reginald Dubois, who are both accused of murdering Barbara McCulkin and her two daughters in January 1974.

An interview between Ms Scully and police, which was recorded in June 2012, was played to the court this morning and detailed how Ms Scully and her family were offered a new identity if she helped police with their investigations. 

When asked about whether Mr O'Dempsey killed the McCulkins, she said: "yeah, he f***ing knocked them".

Ms Scully said Mr O'Dempsey had once admitted to her that he had killed the McCulkins and that he was "good" for a total 33 murders.

She also said in the interview that Mr O'Dempsey had said to her "they'll never get me for it" when referring to the McCulkin murders.

The recorded interview also revealed how scared Ms Scully was about speaking out against her former boyfriend.

"I can't stand up in a box, you can't protect me" she said to police in the recorded interview.

"He can still get me from jail.

"Even in jail, he's still in f***ing power."

During the recorded interview police asked her about what Mr O'Dempsey's motive was behind the McCulkins murder and she said "I don't know".

Rumours that Vincent O'Dempsey worked for corrupt cop in 1970s

THERE were rumours circulating in the 1970s about how Vincent O'Dempsey could have been working for a corrupt police officer, a court has heard.

Mr O'Dempsey's former girlfriend Kerri-Anne Scully, who lived with him in Warwick for about six months in 2011 and 2012, is giving evidence at court today and said there were rumours that Mr O'Dempsey, worked for a police officer in the 1970s.

A recorded interview between Ms Scully and police, which occurred in 2012, was played to the court and in it Ms Scully said there were rumours that Mr O'Dempsey worked for police.

"Some people reckon he was working for some c*** copper, that they hired him to do it," she said.

"I know that he was in the Melbourne gang wars."

While under cross examination by Mr O'Dempsey's lawyer, Terry O'Gorman, Ms Scully said it was just a story she had heard.

The hearing continues.

O'Dempsey 'good for' 33 murders, says former girlfriend

A FORMER girlfriend of Vincent O'Dempsey has told a court that he once admitted to her that he killed the McCulkins and that he was also "good" for 33 murders.

Kerri-Anne Scully, who lived with Mr O'Dempsey in Warwick in about 2011 to 2012, started giving evidence at a committal hearing yesterday and is expected to continue her evidence this morning.

Yesterday she said Mr O'Dempsey once bragged to her that he was "good" for killing the McCulkins.

Barbara McCulkin and her daughters disappeared from their Brisbane home in January 1974.

Ms Scully also told the court yesterday that Mr O'Dempsey - who also was once in a relationship with Ms Scully's mother - bragged that he was also good for 33 murders.

Ms Scully said she returned to Brisbane after Mr O'Dempsey had confessed to killing the McCulkins.

Ms Scully is expected to be cross examined this morning.

Mr O'Dempsey and Torbanlea man Garry Reginald Dubois have been charged with murdering Mrs McCulkin and her two girls, aged 13 and 11.

The men also face other charges, including deprivation of liberty.

A committal hearing is being held at Brisbane Magistrates Court this week and the court heard on Monday that 87 witnesses were involved in the case.

Barbara scared of husband

BARBARA McCulkin's former neighbour has told a court Barbara was scared of speaking out against her husband, Billy McCulkin.

Peter Nesbit, who lived next door to Barbara when she and Billy had separated, told the court Barbara had told him that her husband had abused her, associated with criminals and had somehow been involved in the 1973 Whiskey Au Go Go fire that killed 15 people.

"She did tell me that she'd like to get away from the guy," Mr Nesbit said.

"And she did tell me that he could be locked up for some time for his involvement in those fires.

"To be perfectly honest with you, I didn't really want to go much further about that ... this was underworld stuff."

At 2am one night before Barbara and her girls disappeared, Mr Nesbit said he knocked on Barbara's door to check she was okay, because he saw her lights were on, and he was introduced to Vincent O'Dempsey and another man.

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