Murder trial adjourned to next week

NO EVIDENCE was heard in the murder trial of Toowoomba man Ian Phillip Hannaford yesterday but the trial will recommence on Monday.

Justice John Bond adjourned the trial to Monday due to unavailability of prosecution staff yesterday.

Hannaford, 61, has pleaded not guilty to the murder of Gail Lynch who has not been seen or heard from since July, 3, 2012, when she was seen leaving her Guy St, Warwick, flat to do some shopping.

The then 55-year-old spoke to family members by phone later that night but no-one has heard from her since and her bank account has remained untouched.

The Crown claims Ms Lynch is dead and that Hannaford was responsible for her death.

The pair had been in a relationship before Ms Lynch ended it the month before her disappearance.

The prosecution contends Hannnaford did not take the break-up well and became angry with Ms Lynch.

Toowoomba Supreme Court has heard after the break-up Hannaford made numerous calls to Ms Lynch who asked to be left alone.

She told family that one day after the break-up as she sat on a couch in her lounge room she looked up to see Hannaford standing in her kitchen, having let himself in by the back door.

She told him to get out, Ms Lynch told family, the court heard.


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