Barbara McCulkin (right) and her daughters Vicky (left) and Leanne (centre) disappeared from their home on January 16, 1974.
Barbara McCulkin (right) and her daughters Vicky (left) and Leanne (centre) disappeared from their home on January 16, 1974. Contributed

McCulkin thought Dubois was "too weak" to be involved

BILLY McCulkin did not believe Garry Reginald Dubois had anything to do with the disappearance of his wife and daughters because Mr Dubois was "too weak", a court has heard.

Norman Wild, who was friends with Mr McCulkin in the 1970s, gave evidence at a court hearing this afternoon as part of a court case against Mr Dubois, of Torbanlea, and Warwick man Vincent O'Dempsey, who have both been charged with murdering Barbara McCulkin and her two daughters, aged 13 and 11, in 1974.

Days after they went missing, Mr McCulkin enlisted the help of his friend, Mr Wild, to find clues and speak to people to try and find out who was responsible.

Mr Wild told the court today that they approached Mr Dubois and McCulkin said he could not believe he was involved.

"Billy kept shaking his head saying 'no, Dubois is too weak, too weak, he's water... he couldn't of, he's a brother'," Mr Wild said.

The witness said he and Mr McCulkin went to Barbara's house and found the place was tidy.

Mr Wild said he saw Barbara's purse on top of the fridge and said there a few empty beer bottles that had been left in the dining room.

The court heard Billy had separated from Barbara but regularly visited the house.

The hearing continues.



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