Teen's killing will go to trial

Bowan Taylor Wade on his way into the court.
Bowan Taylor Wade on his way into the court.

A MAN has been committed to stand trial in the Supreme Court over the murder of former Bundaberg teenager Clarissa “Sal” Callow.

Bowan Taylor Wade, 20, appeared last week in the Warwick Magistrates’ Court for a two-day committal hearing which began on Thursday morning and concluded just before 3pm on Friday.

He was charged with murder after his former partner, 17-year-old Miss Callow, was found dead in a storage shed at Stanthorpe on August 10 last year.

In June last year, Miss Callow moved to Stanthorpe to be with Mr Wade but the relationship broke down about two weeks before her death.

The purpose of the hearing at Warwick Magistrates’ Court was for Magistrate Andrew Cridland to determine if there was sufficient evidence to commit Wade to trial, which was his finding.

The defendant had the option of entering a plea at the committal hearing but was not required to do so.

Wade made no statement when asked by Mr Cridland to stand up in the dock at the end of Friday’s proceedings.

The court heard evidence from witnesses including police and forensic experts, and friends of Wade and Miss Callow.

Members of Miss Callow’s family were present in the public gallery during the hearing.

No date has been set for Wade’s trial in the Supreme Court in Toowoomba, which could be 12 months or more away.

He remains in custody.

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