Prosecutors 'dilly-dallying' in Brisbane murder case

  • 01/02/2016
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By Nathan Paull

The man accused of stabbing Brisbane socialite Maureen Boyce to death has been stuck in jail while prosecutors waste time on his case, his lawyer says.

A fiery Terry O'Gorman told Brisbane Magistrates Court today that his client, 63-year-old Thomas Chris Lang, had spent three months behind bars while he waited for prosecutors to hand over autopsy and toxicology reports that were vital to his case.

Lang, a retired American doctor living in New Zealand, is accused of murdering Ms Boyce by stabbing her in the stomach in her Kangaroo Point home in October.

Mr O'Gorman said the reports were ordered to be handed over at his last court appearance in November, but they hadn't been and no reason for their delay had been given.

"This person's in custody; there just seems to be a blasé attitude of let it roll and let it pull up whenever," Mr O'Gorman said.

"My client remains prejudiced by the delay.

"It's a fundamental position of our law that people in custody shouldn't just have to wait while people dilly-dally."

Mr O'Gorman urged Magistrate Bronwyn Springer to order the reports be handed over within three weeks.

Prosecutor Kris Ashen argued the delay was because the material in the brief of evidence was "extensive and complex" and the DPP was waiting on evidence from New Zealand and medical experts.

However, Ms Springer sided with Mr O'Gorman and ordered the reports to be provided by February 19.

The matter was adjourned until February 22.

NZN