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.

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