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Trial date set for Mansel

for murdering businessman

Craig Pardy

Lucy Rickard
February 3, 2011 – 1:48PM

The trial date for Cameron James Mansell, accused of murdering Perth businessman Craig Puddy last year, has been set for March.

Appearing in front of Justice Peter Blaxell in Perth Supreme Court, Mr Mansell’s trial date was set for March 16 and is expected to last six to eight weeks.

His pre-trial hearing was set for February 16.

State prosecutor Bruno Fiannaca today said while the indictment had not yet been served “there is no mystery as to what the charges could be”.

He said they are in the process of narrowing down the sheer quantity of witnesses due to appear in Mansell’s trial, reducing 200 civilian witnesses to 130, and also cut the number of police witnesses. This number is expected to be shrunk even further.

He also said there had been a delay in the forensic comparison of footprints for use in evidence.

Mansell is accused of murdering his former business partner and millionaire Craig Puddy last year.

Mr Pardy disappeared from his luxury Mount Pleasant home on May 3 last year and his body was yet to be found.

Mr Mansell appeared in court this morning, clean-shaven and appeared to be in good spirits as he spoke and laughed with his lawyer.

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