An Illawarra man accused of murdering his teenage bride and dumping her body at Gerroa 16 years ago is expected to apply for release on bail next week.
Steve Frank Fesus faced Wollongong Local Court yesterday on a single charge of murder stemming from allegations he killed his then 18-year-old wife Jodie at their Mount Warrigal home sometime between 8.40pm and 11pm on August 11, 1997.
Her body was discovered a month later in a grave near a popular camping ground at Seven Mile Beach.
Ms Fesus's daughter, Kimberley, who was just a toddler when her mother disappeared, made an emotional plea at the beginning of June this year to find her mother's killer.
Fesus was arrested by detectives from the Unsolved Homicide Squad a week later and charged with Jodie's murder.
In court yesterday, Fesus's lawyer, Dennis Miralis, said his client would be making an application for bail next Thursday.
If it proceeds, the public will likely get their first, more detailed look at the police case against Fesus.
The court heard the prosecution's as-yet incomplete brief of evidence against the father of two already numbered some seven folders, filled with interview transcripts, documents and reports.
Also included in the brief is a series of covert recordings taken by undercover police officers, however the contents of those recordings would likely be subject to a suppression order, lawyers told the court yesterday.