Foreman murder accused faces separate trial

• Foreman murder trial at a glance

Slain Wollongong lawyer Katie Foreman.

Slain Wollongong lawyer Katie Foreman.

One of the people accused of murdering Wollongong lawyer Katie Foreman by setting her Corrimal home on fire will now have his case heard in a separate trial.

The jury panel presiding over the Foreman trial was told on Thursday afternoon they would no longer be required to determine the case against Bernard Justin Spicer, after a legal issue arose in the current proceedings.

Spicer will now be tried at a later date.

Meantime, jurors will continue to hear the case against Spicer’s fellow murder accused, Michelle Sharon Proud and Bradley Max Rawlinson.

Rawlinson, Spicer and Proud are accused of agreeing to seriously harm or kill Ms Foreman, who died when a fire ripped through the upstairs bedroom of her Doncaster Street home early on October 27, 2011.

A fourth woman, Wendy Anne Evans, has already pleaded guilty to a single charge of murder over her role in Ms Foreman’s death.

The last witness in Proud and Rawlinson’s trial is expected to be called on Monday morning – the start of the seventh week of the case.

Once that evidence is completed, Crown prosecutor Chris Maxwell, QC, will begin his final address to jurors, followed by lawyers for Rawlinson and Proud.

The jury is not required on Friday.