Murder accused faces court
A MAN faced Warwick Magistrates Court yesterday, as part of a two-day committal hearing, charged with murder after the body of a teenage girl was found in a storage shed in Stanthorpe seven months ago.
Bowan Taylor Wade was arrested and charged over the death of 17-year-old Clarissa ‘Sal’ Callow on August 10 last year.
Monday marked Wade’s 20th birthday, an occasion he spent in custody, where he has remained since his arrest last year.
Sal’s body was discovered in a storage facility on Old Caves Road north of Stanthorpe after friends raised concerns about her whereabouts.
At the conclusion of the two-day committal hearing, expected today, Magistrate Cridland will decide if there is sufficient evidence to commit Wade to stand trial in a higher court.
The police prosecutor presented the murder case against Wade, whom court documents list as residing in Stanthorpe, and called numerous witnesses who gave evidence.
Witnesses included friends of the defendant plus his former apple farm employer.
Other witnesses called to the stand were Sal’s two former housemates whom she lived with for three weeks prior to her death.
The court heard yesterday Sal and Wade were in a relationship, however Sal moved out when their relationship ended.
Wade’s defence counsel cross-examined all the witnesses at length and questioned whether the witnesses had to spoken to each other outside the court while they waited for their turn on the stand.