Barbara McCulkin (right) and her daughters Vicky (left) and Leanne (centre) disappeared from their home on January 16, 1974.
Barbara McCulkin (right) and her daughters Vicky (left) and Leanne (centre) disappeared from their home on January 16, 1974. Contributed

McCulkin murder trial jury deliberates for third day

A JURY has entered its third day of deliberations in the McCulkin murder and rape trial.

The Brisbane Supreme Court jury started deliberations about noon on Thursday in the trial of Garry Reginald 'Shorty' Dubois who has pleaded not guilty to one charge of deprivation of liberty, two of rape and three of murder.

The charges relate to the disappearance of Highgate Hill mother Barbara McCulkin, 34, and her daughters, Vicki, 13, and Leanne, 11, 42 years ago.

The Crown alleges that Mr Dubois and 79-year-old Warwick man Vincent O'Dempsey abducted the family and drove them to the bush sometime after 10.30pm on January 16, 1974.

On arrival at the unknown location, Mr O'Dempsey is alleged to have separated Mrs McCulkin from her daughters and strangled her to death.

It was alleged the two men then raped the girls before they were murdered and buried with their mother.

The trial is now in its fourth week.

The jury of seven men and five women heard evidence from more than 40 witnesses before starting deliberations.

The deliberated half a day on Thursday, all day Friday and returned to the jury room about 9.30am this morning.

Mr O'Dempsey will face trial in May.

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