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Murder of Liselotte Watson, 85yrs - Macleay Island,Qld - Nov,2012 **GUILTY**

Discussion in 'Australia: Crimes & Trials' started by MarlyWings, Feb 29, 2016.

  1. MarlyWings

    MarlyWings Retired Staff

    Queensland grandmother murdered to cover up financial 'misdeeds', court hears

    29 Feb 2016, 2:49pm

    The man accused of murdering a Queensland grandmother allegedly withdrew $24,000 from her account over the three months before her death, the Brisbane Supreme Court has heard.

    Steven Mark John Fennell allegedly hit Liselotte Watson, 85, over the head several times in her home on Macleay Island in November 2012.

    In opening, prosecutor Glen Cash told the court Ms Watson died from fatal head injuries after being hit up to six times with a heavy object similar to a hammer.

    Mr Cash said there was no DNA linking Fennell to the scene, however he argued the 56-year-old was motivated by a desire to cover-up his "financial misdeeds".

    Mr Cash said he "preyed upon" the elderly widow and took $24,000 from her over a number of transactions.

    The trial is expected to run for four weeks

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  2. MarlyWings

    MarlyWings Retired Staff

    Brisbane Supreme Court murder trial of Macleay Island grandmother Liselotte Watson

    1st March,2016

    A JUNK mail delivery man accused of killing Macleay Island grandmother Liselotte Watson admitted to police the day her body was found that he withdrew $8000 from her bank account, a jury has heard.

    In the same phone call with the lead investigator, which was played in the Brisbane Supreme Court yesterday, Steven Mark John Fennell said he did not class himself as a “good samaritan”.

    A phone call between Fennell and detective Sergeant Graham Kershaw on November 13, 2012, the day police found 85-year-old Mrs Watson’s body on the floor of her bedroom, was played to the jury. During the phone call Fennell said he began helping Mrs Watson when he took over the island’s junk mail business.

    Earlier, pathologist Dr Alex Olumbe told the jury the elderly widower had a “significant head injury” and lacerations “circular in shape”.

    Dr Olumbe said it was consistent with “a round implement, such as the head of a hammer”.

    The trial continues today.

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  3. MarlyWings

    MarlyWings Retired Staff

    Macleay Island murder accused 'borrowed thousands of dollars from sister'

    Fri 4 Mar 2016, 3:11pm

    The man accused of murdering an 85-year-old grandmother had previously borrowed thousands of dollars from his younger sister, the Brisbane Supreme Court has heard.

    Fennell's younger sister Karen Slater told the court she had been lending her brother money for about 28 years and at one point he owed her about $7,000.

    Mrs Slater said he paid off his final loan in August 2012, three months before Ms Watson was found dead.

    She also told the could her brother liked to have a bet and recalled him in the TAB on his 50th birthday.

    The court previously heard that Fennell allegedly withdrew $24,000 from Mrs Watson's account over the three months before her death.

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  4. MarlyWings

    MarlyWings Retired Staff

    String of 'coincidences' point to murder, court hears

    March 15 2016

    If Steve Fennell was a just man helping out Queensland grandmother Liselotte Watson around the house, you might not find him guilty of her murder.

    Or if he just made large cash withdrawals on her behalf to the sum of $24,000 over three months while regularly gambling at the TAB.

    Or if he just happened to possess the hammer believed to have been used to bludgeon the 85-year-old as she sat on her bed in her nightdress.

    But that list of coincidences is too long, Crown Prosecutor Glen Cash told the jury in his closing submissions at Fennell's murder trial.

    The court heard after Mrs Watson was found dead, Fennell came to police with a typed timeline and spent several hours with officers giving "excruciating detail" about his movements.

    But the now-56-year-old failed to mention he had spent half an hour gambling at the TAB and blamed "short term memory loss" for the oversight.


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  5. MarlyWings

    MarlyWings Retired Staff

    Steven Fennell wouldn’t kill ‘golden goose’ defence says

    March 16, 2016 12:48pm

    A JURY has been told it made no sense for Steven Mark John Fennell to kill “the golden goose” that was 85-year-old Liselotte Watson if he was stealing money from her.

    Closing submissions from Fennell’s defence barrister Adrian Donaldson began in the Brisbane Supreme Court today.

    “Why kill the golden goose?,” he said.

    “Why kill Mrs Watson when she still had plenty of funds in her account?”

    His closing submissions are continuing.

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  6. MarlyWings

    MarlyWings Retired Staff

    Jury retires to consider verdict

    17 Mar 2016, 5:55pm

    A Brisbane jury has retired to consider its verdict in the trial of a man accused of murdering an 85-year-old grandmother.

    Steven Mark John Fennell has pleaded not guilty to the murder of Liselotte Watson on Macleay Island in November 2012

    The crown alleges the 56-year-old killed the elderly widow to cover up financial misdeeds, having stolen thousands of dollars from her.

    The court heard the case was based on circumstantial evidence, with no DNA linking Fennell to the crime.

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  7. MarlyWings

    MarlyWings Retired Staff

    It will be very interesting to hear the verdict in this case seeing as it's based on circumstantial evidence.
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  8. MarlyWings

    MarlyWings Retired Staff

    Jury still out so no verdict today!
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  9. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    I can't remember if that's good or bad? I think it means they have a hold out though.
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  10. MarlyWings

    MarlyWings Retired Staff

    Hard to call this one as I really think it could go either way.

    If a jury is back in a day they usually have guilty verdict but then again, other times they can take days/weeks to decide and still bring a guilty verdict.
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  11. MarlyWings

    MarlyWings Retired Staff

    Steven Fennell guilty of murder of Liselotte Watson

    54 minutes ago

    A JUNK mail delivery man will be sentenced to life behind bars after a jury found him guilty of murdering 85-year-old Macleay Island grandmother Liselotte Watson.

    It took the 12-person jury a day and a half of deliberating to reach the decision.

    Fennell looked shocked and sat back in his seat when the verdict was read out at 12.36pm Monday.

    Justice Martin Daubney will sentence Fennell at 2.30pm.

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  12. MarlyWings

    MarlyWings Retired Staff

    Well there you go!! I think police knew all along that creep killed the poor woman and they knew they had enough evidence to show it!

    Well done jury!! Applause for police!!
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  13. MarlyWings

    MarlyWings Retired Staff

    From that same report. I don't recall it ever being mentioned throughout the trial that Mrs Watson "discovered, or was on the verge of discovering, the discrepancies". So he murdered her to keep his thieving quiet!! CREEP!!!!

    The jury has been told he also did Mrs Watson’s banking for her on the mainland, with her permission.

    He withdrew a total of $24,000 from her account in the three months before Mrs Watson was found dead.

    But it was alleged Mrs Watson discovered, or was on the verge of discovering, discrepancies in her finances and wanted to talk to Fennell about it.

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  14. MarlyWings

    MarlyWings Retired Staff

    As with most crime cases in Oz, the floodgates open once a crim has been found guilty and sentenced. A section of our arcahaic law disallows mention of past criminal charges of an accused.

    Steven Fennell’s dark past

    21st March,2016

    EXCLUSIVE: The man convicted of murdering Macleay Island grandmother Liselotte Watson was previously jailed for a brutal assault on a woman, has been convicted of theft and forgery and was suspected of burning his own house down.

    Following his conviction for Ms Watson’s murder today, The Courier-Mail can reveal Steven Mark John Fennell’s long history of convictions for crimes that include a vicious 1994 attack on a woman he was living with in Victoria.

    Fennell, who was then 35-years-old, pleaded guilty to recklessly causing serious injury and was jailed for one year and four months over the attack.

    The judge said at the time that Fennell had already amassed 41 previous convictions involving eight court appearances between 1978 and 1993. The earlier convictions did not involve offences of violence.

    The Courier-Mail can also reveal that Fennell is a conman who was jailed in Tasmania in the 1980s for theft and forgery — and on his release bragged that he had stolen another $250,000 that police didn’t know about.

    He has claimed that he was driven to crime after a fire at his Brisbane house. His insurance company would not pay him out for the fire because they suspected he had deliberately lit the blaze.

    The jury in his murder trial was not told of his criminal past.

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  15. MarlyWings

    MarlyWings Retired Staff

    The media must have been constantly biting their tongues!!

    What an incredible job they did with keeping the creeps history out of the news!

    Soooo wrong a jury in a murder trial doesn't get to hear about the criminal's violent history.
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  16. MissyMoo

    MissyMoo Bronze Member

    That's it Marly. Is Australia the only dumb ass country that seals priors?
    I'm yet to be called up for jury duty, have you ever?
    I didn't think this one was going to get over the line, good on that jury.
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  17. MarlyWings

    MarlyWings Retired Staff

    Our judicial system is similar to UK. However, for 10 or so years, jurors in UK have been allowed to hear a crim's history.

    Daniel Morcombe's dad, Bruce, made a big call for it following cowan's trial. Some of Qld's top judges also wanted it allowed and called for a debate on it and the Attorney General was going to listen to them. That's the last I recall hearing of it though.....Qld gov changed hands some months later.

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