News

Torbanlea wife of murder accused vows to 'fight'

THE wife of Torbanlea retiree Gary "Shorty" Dubois is standing by her husband who has been charged over the cold case murders of Barbara McCulkin and her two daughters.

More than 40 years after Barbara, Leanne and Vicki disappeared from their Highgate Hill home, homicide detectives arrested Mr Dubois, 67, and his former Warwick associate - 76-year-old Vincent O'Dempsey - on Saturday.

As her husband spent the weekend in a Brisbane jail cell, Jan Dubois vowed her family would continue to fight the allegations.

The McCulkin murders and the names of the accused returned to the headlines in August when a review of the case peaked with a search of a number of properties at Warwick.

Hearings, which began in February and ran for 31 days, helped homicide detectives gather what Superintendent Steve Holahan described as "significant evidence".

In a statement released at the weekend, Det Supt Holahan said the arrests were a result of a "full and thorough investigation and review...many investigators and specialist police over the years have contributed to the evidence in support of these arrests and we are pleased".

Speaking to the Chronicle from his Torbanlea home earlier this year, Mr Dubois said he had co-operated with detectives and previously travelled to Brisbane and that if "police want to speak to me, they know where to find me".

On Sunday, Ms Dubois said the family had always maintained they would fight any charges brought against her husband.

She said the decision was "now in the hands of the courts" and asked for the public to respect her family's privacy.

Dubois and O'Dempsey both face charges of murder and deprivation of liberty and will appear in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on Monday.

Topics:  court, murder accused, torbanlea, warwick




Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

'I apologise every day that I am not the person he married'

My battle with postnatal depression...

'My husband lasted 6 weeks as a stay at home dad'

APN Hey Mummy Feature for online - stock images. Katie Dykes being interviewed for the webisodes. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star

FROM the outside, being a stay at home mum looks like a breeze.

THE EXPERT: Stop judging working mothers

SUPER MUMS: Being a working mums comes down to perfecting time management.

"WORKING for money is all right; so is working because you want to.”

Health and nutrition with kids - how do you balance it?

HOW important is health and nutrition in your household?

Smack or no smack - where do you stand?

THE debate is reignited - is smacking acceptable?

Technology and kids: Do you ever cut their wi-fi?

Check out our new video series featuring mums having a chat

One in three young women smoke during pregnancy

Up to 80% of adult smokers want to quit but ongoing support is vital to butt out for good.

One third of young mothers are still smoking during pregnancy

FIRE TRAGEDY: Funds for Alexis' family at $11,500 and rising

Alexis Dean passed away in hospital in the early hours of this morning.

12-year-old Gympie girl passed away this morning

Rudd sits down to discuss the sports precinct details

CAPACITY: Sport Plus Project committee chairman Shaun Rudd discusses the Fraser Coast sports precinct.

Fraser Coast sports precinct - all you need to know

Latest deals and offers

Hervey Bay Midwifery Group Practise

Hervey Bay Midwifery Group Practise celebrate their second birthday with the...

Wildlife Qld Hervey Bay

Wildlife Queensland Hervey Bay Branch patron Joan Coutts was honoured with a tree...

Hervey Bay Whale Watching 2016

Hervey Bay celebrates its 30th year of whale watching as the 2016 season begins.

Burnett Heads housing development approved

COUNCIL APPROVED: A Burnett Heads housing development has been approved by Bundaberg Regional Council. Photo Contributed

Councillors approved the development seven votes to four

Three bedroom, 1100sqm block: Is this Qld's cheapest home?

BARGAIN BUY: Is this North Bundaberg property the cheapest home in Queensland?

Becoming a real estate mogul is all about risk and reward