The man accused of murdering a thief in his Newcastle home could be out on bail in days, thanks to chilling new evidence his legal team plans to raise.
Benjamin Batterham has hired one of Australia’s top criminal defence barristers to defend his murder charge.
Winston Terracini SC visited Batterham in Cessnock Corrections Centre yesterday along with barrister Brian Murray.
According to the Newcastle Herald, Terracini says he will “expedite” an application to have the 33-year-old released from prison.
Batterham stands accused of murdering Ricky Slater-Dickson who allegedly broke into his Cleary Street home at approximately 3:30am on March 26. Slater-Dickson died in John Hunter Hospital on March 27.
Last week, the Newcastle Herald reported Batterham would likely remain in custody until the end of May as his legal representation at the time did not apply for bail on his behalf.
Yesterday, Terracini told the Herald he planned to submit an application for bail “as urgently as possible”.