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AustraliaMan accused of triple outback murder 40 years ago denied bail

07:00  03 june  2019
07:00  03 june  2019 Source:   9news.com.au

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Preston, 63, is accused of the murders of Karen Edwards, Tim Thomson and Gordon Twaddle, who were found shot dead in bushland more than four decades ago.

The three friends were on a “trip of a lifetime” from Alice Springs to Cairns and were travelling through outback Queensland when they were shot on October 5, 1978.

Man accused of triple outback murder 40 years ago denied bail© 9News Bruce John Preston was today denied Supreme Court bail.

The court heard Mr Preston’s account of his whereabouts had recently changed.

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He initially denied being in the area at the relevant time during a 1978 interview but now admits he could have been there.

Mr Preston’s defence lawyer argued the “passage of time” meant he was not a flight risk.

Man accused of triple outback murder 40 years ago denied bail© Supplied Karen Edwards, Gordon Twaddle and Tim Thomson, were shot dead in 1978.

But the Prosecution argued Mr Preston would remain in custody for his own protection with covert recordings allegedly capturing him saying he would “rather walk out onto the street and blow my head off before going to jail.”

It’s alleged a man matching Mr Preston’s description was seen with the deceased the night before the killings. It is also alleged that the three victims were last seen alive getting into a Landcruiser which matched the description of one owned by Mr Preston’s father.

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Price was serving a minimum term of 40 years for a series of crimes including the 2015 murder of 17-year-old Masa Vukotic in a Doncaster Park, and the A former prison officer charged with three 1978 Queensland outback murders has had his bail application rejected in Brisbanes' Supreme Court.

Man accused of triple outback murder 40 years ago denied bail© 9News The friends were on a trip of a lifetime when they were killed.

A distinctive Honda motorbike matching Mr Preston’s was also allegedly spotted in the area at the time.

The BMW motorbike belonging to one of the deceased was found in Mr Preston’s possession but he claims he found it.

His defence said there was no scientific evidence linking him to the crimes.

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