Guilty plea brings end to trial
A WOMAN accused of murdering a man in Mt Morgan has pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the Supreme Court at Rockhampton.
A murder trial was due to begin yesterday for Frances Margaret Oram in front of Justice Duncan McMeekin and involving more than 30 witnesses.
Oram pleaded not guilty to murdering Mt Morgan man Colin Dent on or about September 22, 2009.
He was found dead in a pool of blood at his Bedsor home the following morning.
But after a jury was empanelled, Oram’s defence lawyer Stephen Kissick offered a guilty plea to manslaughter, which was accepted by Crown prosecutor Brendan Campbell.
Oram pleaded guilty to the charge and was remanded in custody by Justice McMeekin for sentence at 10am this morning.
At a committal hearing in July last year Oram admitted assaulting Mr Dent with the handle of a broom just hours before he died, but denied murdering him. She claimed she was at another home and smoking cannabis at the assumed time of his death.
The court heard there had been a violent history between Oram and Mr Dent.
DNA, which was a positive match to Mr Dent, was also found on her pants, shirt, socks and a rag in her pocket, according to evidence presented at the hearing.