The jury are selected. it is a representative cross section of society, although the defence were keen to keep middle aged women who would be roughly the vintage of the McCulkin girls were they still to be alive.
Our judge is Peter Applegarth, a graduate of the public school system, albeit from the Greater Public School of State High. Although still relatively youthful in judicial terms he is and will guide a steady ship, although he has come out hard on the media, laying down the law and issuing warnings left, right and centre. It doesn’t go down well among the press pack though, particularly with the TV mob.
Oh well. We’re not here to please show ponies, we are here to conduct a trial.
The charges are read.
Dubois pleads not guilty ton all counts.
The case proper kicks off and crown prosecutor David Meredith outlines the State’s case. He tells us Dubois was part of a gang including later witnesses Keith Meredith and Peter Hall and the long dead Tommy Hamilton. Meredith tells us that this gang torched Torinos nightclub in 1973, a few weeks before the Whiskey Au Go Go inferno in which 15 people died.
Meredith says that Barbara McCulkins presumed knowledge about the Whiskey murders may have been a factor in her and her daughters deaths, which is a bit like saying bees have an association with honey.
He stresses however that Dubois is not alleged to have had any involvement with the torching of the Whiskey, nor are allegations of involvement made against any of alleged Torinos torching gang.
There are no unsigned statements made by Dubois to police that form any part of the prosecution case against him.
This is a brick free trial.
The jury will make their decision based on the evidence presented before them, just the way a jury should. I wish them well. It is an important role in our democracy that they play, and their responsibility is great.
I am sure they will carry the load apportioned to them admirably.