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Young mum destroyed sword used to kill father-in-law: police

Candace Martin, 25, appeared in Lismore Local Court yesterday facing charges of accessory before the fact to murder, accessory after the fact to murder and conspiring to commit murder
Candace Martin, 25, appeared in Lismore Local Court yesterday facing charges of accessory before the fact to murder, accessory after the fact to murder and conspiring to commit murder

A WOMAN accused of grinding down a samurai sword allegedly used to murder Michael Martin at Murwillumbah in July 2014 will have to wait until Friday to see if she gets bail.

Mother of three children under six, Candace Martin, 25, appeared in Lismore Local Court yesterday facing charges of accessory before the fact to murder, accessory after the fact to murder and conspiring to commit murder.

The charges relate to the alleged partial decapitation murder of 46-year-old Mr Martin at a Quarry Rd address on July 13.

Police say she admitted to destroying the sword by grinding it down.

The court heard Candace Martin told police the incident was "all about drug debts".

Martin was arrested on April 9 and refused bail.

Her former partner Michael Martin Jr and co-accused Jessica Fallon remain in custody.

In applying for bail, Martin's solicitor Cameron Bell said his client might have to spend up to 18 months in custody before she was committed to stand trial.

Mr Bell offered $50,000 cash surety, and said Martin would surrender her passport as well as report to police daily.

He also highlighted Martin's young children and the complexities of the case.

"In order to prepare her defence it is essential that she be on bail, close to her solicitor," he said.

In opposing bail, prosecutor Ms Magni said police had recorded admissions from Martin about her alleged involvement in the attempted murder of Mr Martin in April 2014 and his subsequent murder.

Magistrate David Heilpern will hand down his bail decision on Friday at Byron Bay Local Court.

 

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