News

Guilty plea for Trinity murder

Trinity Bates
Trinity Bates contibuted

THE man accused of killing eight-year-old Bundaberg girl Trinity Bates more than two years ago has pleaded guilty to her murder.

Allyn John Slater, now 22, had been committed to stand trial in Bundaberg Supreme Court on Monday, but pleaded guilty to murder in Brisbane Supreme Court Wednesday afternoon.

He is to be sentenced in the same court at 2pm Thursday. Bundaberg Criminal Investigation Branch Detective Sergeant Andrew Self said officers from the Department of Public Prosecutions informed them of Slater's plea shortly after 1pm Wednesday.

"Bundaberg detectives are satisfied with the plea," Det Sgt Self said, adding police had spent two years building their case.

Trinity's tiny body was found face down in a drain just metres from her family home on Walker St after she was reported missing on February 22, 2010.

It was believed the youngster had been abducted by Slater the night before, with her parents discovering her empty bed at 5.30am.

She was covered with 87 bruises and had a 17mm cut to her head - injuries that forensic pathologists later determined had been consistent with strangulation.

Slater, who was 19 at the time and believed to have been a friend of the Bates family, was charged with her murder the next day.

The accused child killer faced a three-day committal hearing in March last year, where Bundaberg Magistrates Court heard from a range of witnesses including attending officers, a forensic pathologist and one of Slater's fellow inmates, Craig Simpson.

Simpson, who shared a cell with Slater at Arthur Gorrie Correctional Centre, told the court the accused confided in him and had admitted to "squeezing" little Trinity.

In August last year, Slater's lawyers considered applying to have his case moved away from Bundaberg to ensure a fair trial.

But a two-week trial was set down in Bundaberg Supreme Court for Monday. His guilty plea means the trial will no longer go ahead.

Slater has been held in custody since he was charged.

Trinity's death sparked a massive outpouring of grief and support from people right across Australia.

The news of Slater's guilty plea was no exception, with many people leaving comments on the News-Mail's Facebook page and website, expressing their sadness at the youngster's death.

Topics:  trinity bates




Spiritual Matters: Prayer's power a surprise for some

Ecumenical Prayers for Peace at St Patrick's Cathedral for victims of  MH 17 crash. Candles were lit on behalf of community leaders, each cnadle representing a different nationality.   Photo:  Bev Lacey / The Chronicle

To a modern society, it must seem like an admission of failure

Ghosts reignite finals charge against Panthers

Grafton Ghosts' captain Ben McLennan claws for meters against the Sawtell Panthers during the Grafton Ghosts and Coffs Harbour Comets Group 2 minor semi-final at Frank McGuren Field.

Ghosts dominant in 2016 home ground farewell game.

125th birthday draws crowd to Tucabia

Ex-Tucabia Public School students Betty Freeman, Marie and Jack Preston and Joyce Tarrant at the schools 125th birthday celebration on Saturday.

The old and young celebrate Tucabia's 125th birthday.

Latest deals and offers

MOVIE REVIEW: Life on the Road

Ricky Gervais, Ben Bailey Smith and Foregone Conclusion (Steve Clarke, Andy Burrows, Stuart Baxter Wilkinson, Michael Clarke) in a scene from David Brent: Life on the Road.

Ricky Gervais has brought David Brent back to life on the big screen

Jessica Alba wants tequila shots served at her funeral

Businesswoman and actor Jessica Alba

There won't be mourning at this funeral

Tom Hiddleston's Instagram account hacked

Actor Tom Hiddleston

Thor star the latest celebrity targetted by hackers

Charlize Theron's son dresses up as Frozen character

Actor Charlize Theron

Star's son spotted dressed a beloved Frozen character

BOOKS: Food for thought in Caroline Beecham's latest novel

Maggie's Kitchen by Caroline Beecham is published by Allen & Unwin, RRP $29.99.

New novel reminds readers that bravery exists in many forms

TELEVISION: New show is a Survivor, for now

Jonathan LaPaglia hosts the TV series Australian Survivor.

WHAT happens when a new show with a big budget flops?

REVEALED: Pat Rafter's $18m Coast house on the market

Check out the photos of the Coast's most expensive property for sale

The "correction we had to have" in Gladstone's rentals

UPWARD MARCH: The rental vacancy rate in Gladstone has improved for the first time in more than a year, providing a confidence boost in the market.

Vacancy rates improve with signs that things are getting betterF

ISLAND FOR SALE: Cheap Fraser Coast island drops price again

Suna Island in the Great Sandy Strait will be auctioned by Ray White Hervey Bay on Saturday morning.

This is the cheapest island you will find for sale in Australia

How a family home can fit on a 250sq m block

This is what you can build on 250m2.

Here's the floor plan of a home built on 250sq m

Investors eye Gladstone's $4m island with resort approval

UP FOR SALE: Turtle Island is on the market.

CHINESE and Sydney investors flag interest in Gladstone island.

Take a sneak peek at this $19m Whitsunday mansion

Mandalay House features a private helipad.

Mandalay is currently on the market with an asking price of $19m