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Australia Murder trial aborted for man accused of killing Rebecca Delalande, who had link to missing teen Lisa Brown

08:05  05 december  2019
08:05  05 december  2019 Source:   abc.net.au

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A woman and two children have been reported missing after leaving Kings Beach on the Sunshine He said Ms Delalande did have contact with some members of her family but her mother, who The trial is set down for two weeks. Marine deserter accused of murder caught in surprise hiding place .

A Perth man accused of murdering his then-partner almost two decades ago told a friend he had burned the young mother' s body in a 44-gallon drum, a jury has been told. Chris Blennerhassett looked dazed when he appeared in court, charged with the murder of Rebecca Anne Delalande .

a person posing for the camera: Rebecca Delalande disappeared 18 years ago and her body has never been found. (Supplied: WA Police)© Provided by ABC NEWS Rebecca Delalande disappeared 18 years ago and her body has never been found. (Supplied: WA Police) The trial of a Perth man accused of a cold case murder 18 years ago has been abandoned amid revelations new information has been uncovered about the disappearance of the alleged victim.

Chris Blennerhassett, 46, has been on trial in the Supreme Court for the past three days accused of fatally assaulting 23-year-old Rebecca Delalande at a house in Armadale in November 2001.

In an opening address, prosecutor Ben Stanwix said Ms Delalande's disappearance came to light in 2017, when police were conducting a cold case review of the investigation into another missing woman, 19-year-old Lisa Brown, who vanished from the streets of Highgate in November 1998.

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POLICE have charged a 45-year-old man with the murder of missing woman Rebecca Anne Delalande . Cold Case Homicide Squad detectives began searching a Bayswater The young mother had one son who was six years old at the time she went missing . He has been raised by her family.

Mr Stanwix said as part of the original investigation into Ms Brown, Ms Delalande, who was a sex worker, reported to police that she had been violently sexually assaulted around the same time and area, after getting into a man's car.

The cold case officers tried to contact Ms Delalande again, but could find no trace of her.

Murder charge after housemate's testimony

The court heard after getting information that she had been in a relationship with Mr Blennerhassett, police spoke to him, but he claimed the last time he saw her was when he dropped her off on Beaufort Street and made it clear he did not want any further contact with her.

But he was charged with murder after a man who was sharing a house with him at the time of Ms Delalande's disappearance claimed Mr Blennerhassett told him he had struck her to the head and she was dead.

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A MAN has appeared in court charged with the murder of missing mother Rebecca Anne Ms Delalande was 23 when she went missing after a dental appointment on November 5, 2001. But he would not reveal details of any links between the accused man and this site, where it’ s believed

A Perth man has been charged with murder over the disappearance of Rebecca Delalande after she was last seen at a home on Fortunella Grove in They thought she had gone to make a new life for herself and left an adoptive family to raise her six-year-old son. Ms Delalande ' s mother Doreena

Mr Stanwix said the man also alleged Mr Blennerhassett had told him he had burnt Ms Delalande's body in a 44-gallon drum.

Mr Blennerhassett denied killing Ms Delalande, with his lawyer Justine Fisher telling the court she lived "a high-risk lifestyle" that included using and selling drugs and working as a street prostitute.

Ms Fisher also suggested the housemate who claimed her client had confessed to him — and who she described as "crucial" to the state's case — was "neither a reliable or truthful witness".

'Developments' force trial to be aborted

Today, after legal argument heard in a closed court, Justice Michael Corboy brought the jurors back into the courtroom and told them there had been some "developments" in the case.

"In the course of the first few days, evidence has come to light about the disappearance of Ms Delalande that requires further investigation," he said.

"It is necessary the trial be terminated to enable further inquiries to be undertaken."

Justice Corboy has officially discharged the jury.

The case was adjourned until tomorrow for further legal argument and Mr Blennerhassett was remanded in custody.

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