Hayley Dodd murder accused requests judge-only trial

Ethan Richter (3)  is the nephew of missing Mandurah teenager Hayley Dodd, who disappeared in 1999. Picture: Jon Hewson        www.communitypix.com.au   d456164
Ethan Richter (3) is the nephew of missing Mandurah teenager Hayley Dodd, who disappeared in 1999. Picture: Jon Hewson        www.communitypix.com.au d456164

THE man accused of murdering Mandurah teenager Hayley Dodd almost 18 years ago will face a two-day hearing in May to argue for a judge-alone trial.

Francis John Wark, 61, was charged in December 2015 and later pleaded not guilty, indicating he wanted to be tried without a jury due to the publicity surrounding the case.

The 17-year-old girl was last seen alive walking along a road near Badgingarra, 200km north of Perth, on July 29, 1999.

During a status conference today, the WA Supreme Court determined Wark’s application would be heard on May 22 and 23, and his trial remains set for October.

-AAP

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