Timothy Pullen.
Timothy Pullen. Contributed

Pregnant woman faces charge in relation to Pullen's death

KEIRA Jeanette McKay wore a tight black top that stretched over her stomach as the pregnant woman faced a manslaughter charge in the Mackay Magistrates Court.

She was holding her swollen belly as she was led into the dock yesterday.

McKay was arrested on Wednesday in the Northern Territory as part of the 14-month police investigation into the murder of Timothy John Pullen.

The 26-year-old Sarina woman appeared in a Darwin Magistrates Court on Thursday when Magistrate Michael Carey ordered her extradition to Mackay.

Brisbane solicitor Dan Rogers, of Robertson O'Gorman, applied for bail for the second time for McKay. She was refused bail in Darwin for her own protection and because of a risk she might interfere with a witness.

Prosecutor Errica Fforde said her bail objection rested on those same grounds.

Magistrate Damien Dwyer said there was nothing in the bail objection to support the prosecution's submission.

Mr Dwyer asked if there had been any threats against McKay or were the concerns just general "because of the nature of the offence and the people involved".

The matter was adjourned until Thursday because Mr Dwyer requested further material from the prosecution before making a decision.

Mr Rogers asked for the matter to be decided yesterday. He said the investigation had been under way for more than 12 months and police had had that time to put together any objection. But Mr Dwyer said "well, it won't be".

McKay was remanded in custody.

A 31-year-old man, who was arrested in New South Wales as part of the same investigation and also charged with manslaughter, is due to appear in the Brisbane Magistrates Court tomorrow.



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