Woman silent in court on murder charges

FIRST MENTION: 39-year-old Gillian Campion appeared in court today.

FIRST MENTION: 39-year-old Gillian Campion appeared in court today.

Murder accused Gillian Campion was silent as she was led into Katherine Local Court this morning at about 11.30.

Police yesterday charged the 39-year-old woman with murder after the death of a 42-year-old man in Katherine in the early hours of Mother’s Day.

People flooded into the court room today minutes before Ms Campion appeared in custody, in the court for the brief hearing before being transferred to jail.

Wearing a white shirt and pants, Ms Campion remained silent with her arms crossed and only nodded her head to indicate she understood Judge Elisabeth Armitage.

The entire hearing only lasted about three minutes.

She was remanded in custody to re-appear for a further mention hearing on June 19.

Judge Armitage said she would be taken to jail and would like re-appear for her next hearing in Katherine via video link.

Ms Campion did not appear to respond to members of the public who shouted out to her as she was taken away by police. 

She has not yet been asked to enter a plea on the charge.

The incident occurred on the Victoria Highway in Katherine South, anyone who may have information to offer is urged to contact police on 131 444 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

CRIME SCENE: The alleged murder scene on the Victoria Highway.

CRIME SCENE: The alleged murder scene on the Victoria Highway.

Detective Senior Sergeant Lee Morgan said the man suffered stab wounds to his chest in what is believed to have been a domestic-related disturbance.

“Detectives have recovered a knife they believe may have been used in the incident,” he said.

The 39-year-old woman was taken into custody on Sunday.

Serious Crime Squad detectives have charged the woman with one count of murder, two charges of assault and a charge of trespass.

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