Wade stands trial over teen murder

A MAN charged with the murder of teenager Clarissa ‘Sal’ Callow in Stanthorpe last August has been committed to stand trial in the Supreme Court.

Bowan Taylor Wade, 20, appeared in the Warwick Magistrates’ Court for a two-day committal hearing which began on Thursday morning and concluded just before 3pm yesterday.

Wade, who was in a relationship with Ms Callow while they lived and worked in Stanthorpe, was charged with murder after the body of the 17-year-old was found in a storage shed near Stanthorpe on August 10.

Both were originally from the Sunshine Coast.

The purpose of the hearing was for Magistrate Andrew Cridland to determine if there was sufficient evidence to commit Wade to trial, which was his finding.

The defendant had the option of entering a plea at the committal hearing but was not required to do so, and Wade made no statement when asked by Mr Cridland to stand up in the dock at the end of yesterday’s proceedings.

The court heard evidence from witnesses including police and forensic experts, and friends of Wade and Miss Callow.

Members of Miss Callow’s family were present in the public gallery during the hearing.

No date has been set for Wade’s trial in the Supreme Court in Toowoomba, which could be 12 months or more away. He remains in custody.



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