High-profile murder accused faces drugs charges

Vincent O'Dempsey leaves Southport watchhouse in December, 1989.
Vincent O'Dempsey leaves Southport watchhouse in December, 1989.

QUEENSLAND'S highest profile accused murderer Vincent O'Dempsey had a range of drug charges against him mentioned before Toowoomba Magistrates Court yesterday.

The 77-year-old was not in court for the brief mention of his matters but his legal representatives sought an adjournment due to O'Dempsey's other pressing court hearings.

O'Dempsey and co-accused Gary Dubois, 66, were last week committed to stand trial in the Brisbane Supreme Court on charges of rape and murder of siblings Vicki and Leanne McCulkin and to killing their mother Barbara more than 40 years ago.

Police last year conducted a number of raids on O'Dempsey's properties at Emu Vale and Massie outside Warwick.

Police claim to have found evidence of a large scale drug operation during the searches and evidence of a fresh marijuana harvest.

Police also claim to have dug up a shipping container on the Massie property and uncovered hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash and 30kg of marijuana with an estimated street value of $500,000.

O'Dempsey has not been required to enter any pleas to three counts of trafficking in dangerous drugs, three of producing dangerous drugs, possession of dangerous drugs, unlawful supply of weapons, and a charge of receiving or possessing property obtained from trafficking or supplying, all arising from the police searches of his properties.

Vincent O'Dempsey.
Vincent O'Dempsey.

Magistrate Damian Carroll formally remanded O'Dempsey in custody and adjourned the drug charges for a full hand-up committal in the same court on February 5, next year, at which time the 77-year-old will appear by video link.

No date has yet been set for O'Dempsey's murder trial which is expected to precede any hearing on the drug matters.



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