A BRIEF of evidence against a Wagga man accused of murdering his elderly father is still not complete.
David John Clements, 49, is accused of murdering 83-year-old Roger Clements at their Springvale home about 12pm on May 26.
It is alleged David Clements attacked his father while they were chopping wood at the property.
The accused man was taken off a Sydney-bound XPT passenger train at Cootamundra by police less than three hours after the alleged slaying and charged with murder in Wagga.
Clements’s case was mentioned in Wagga Local Court on Wednesday for a second time following an initial appearance on May 27.
Defence solicitor Chris Murnane told magistrate Erin Kennedy Clements was in the Junee Correctional Centre.
“I spoke with him this morning, he does not wish to appear on screen,” Mr Murnane said, referring to the audiovisual link between the courtroom and the jail.
The case was listed on Wednesday for Mr Murnane to reply to the prosecution’s brief of evidence.
But Mr Murnane told the court he had been told by the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) that a large amount of material needed to complete the brief was still outstanding.
That advice was confirmed by DPP solicitor, Abram Meredith.
Mr Meredith told the court a significant amount of forensic material was still outstanding.
He asked Ms Kennedy for a two-month adjournment to allow time for the material to be gathered and added to the brief.
Ms Kennedy granted the request, giving the DPP until September 9 to present the brief to Mr Murnane.
She adjourned the case until September 16 for Mr Murnane to reply to the brief.
Mr Murnane asked for Clements to appear in court by audiovisual link on that day.
Wednesday’s mention lasted just a few minutes.
It is not unusual for serious cases that rely on forensic evidence to be adjourned a number of times until all the material necessary for a case to be obtained by investigators.
Roger Clements was a popular Wagga man who was married and the father of four children.
He trained as a teacher at the then Wagga Teachers College in the 1950s.
His teaching career included a stint as a school principal in Canada.
Later, he contributed to the training of teachers with positions at Goulburn College of Advanced Education and Riverina-Murray Institute of Higher Education, which later became Charles Sturt University.
Mr Clements was a talented rugby league player and sprinter in his youth, and as he got older became a keen lawn bowler.
His death and the allegation he was murdered by his son shocked the community.
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