Trial of man accused of murdering toddler stopped over inadmissible evidence

Trial of man accused of murdering toddler stopped over inadmissible evidence

The trial of a man accused of murdering a British-born toddler in Australia nearly 50 years ago cannot proceed, a judge has ruled.

Three-year-old Cheryl Grimmer, whose family had emigrated from Bristol, vanished from a beach in New South Wales in 1970.

The following year a 17-year-old boy claimed during a police interview to have murdered her, although investigators did not have enough evidence to support his confession and he was not charged.

The case was reopened in 2016 and the suspect, who cannot be named due to his age at the time of the alleged killing, was arrested and charged in 2017.

Now aged in his 60s, the British-born suspect pleaded not guilty and a trial was arranged for May.

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