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(generated from captions) The defence legal team was first

this morning to wend its way

the throng of cameras and this morning to wend its way through

correspondents, into the Supreme

Court at Darwin. Their client, Court at Darwin. Their client, correspondents, into the Supreme

47-year-old Bradley John Murdoch,

was already inside. He'd been

delivered to the court's

car park from Darwin's Berrimah delivered to the court's underground

jail, where he has been held for

nearly two years. It's a hard jail,

you no. I mean, it's - it's

certainly a no-frills joint, and

he's a big man, and he seems to get

on pretty well with most of

on pretty well with most of the he's a big man, and he seems to get

warders. Robin Bowles is writeing a

book on the trial, one of five

in production. Ms Bowles has book on the trial, one of five books

exclusive access to Murdoch since in production. Ms Bowles has enjoyed

arrived in Darwin in November exclusive access to Murdoch since he

20036789 she has seen him at

Berrimah jail three times in the

past week. He was quite depressed

after the postponement of the after the postponement of the trial past week. He was quite depressed

earlier this year. As you would be.

But he got all his files out again,

and started going through them,

'cause he has been in the fortunate and started going through them,,

position that he's had the police

brief in his cell and he also has a

computer that he is able to use.

The public's ability to read about

the Bradley Murdoch trial has been

Various suppression tightly controlled in Darwin.

Various suppression orders remain tightly controlled in Darwin.

force in the Northern Territory, Various suppression orders remain in

interstate weekend papers either force in the Northern Territory, and

didn't arrive or had sections

removed because their content might

prejudice the jury. Even the

thriller movie 'Wolf Creek', due prejudice the jury. Even the outback

national release next month, will thriller movie 'Wolf Creek', due for

not play in the Territory till

British newspaper clients have to the trial. One journalist whose not play in the Territory till after

watch that any prejudicial

doesn't leak back into the NT is watch that any prejudicial reporting doesn't leak back into the NT is watch that any prejudicial reporting

impressed. For the prosecution to doesn't leak back into the NT is not

make or request that this film

should not be shown in Darwin two

weeks after the jury's been

empanelled is overkill, it's just

ridiculous, not to trust 12 grown

adults to hear and judge on the

evidence they hear in court, not

what they see on the cinema or read

on the Internet. At least news

frustrations were eased this on the Internet. At least news media

afternoon, when Peter Falconio's

former girlfriend, Joanne Lees,

a public arrival at court. During former girlfriend, Joanne Lees, made

the committal hearing last year,

was able to avoid photographers, the committal hearing last year, she

because she hid in police vehicles

which whisked her in and out of the

underground car park. But the

Territory's Chief Justice, who is

presiding over the trial, wants all

witnesses to use the front door

time, including Joanne Lees, witnesses to use the front door this time, including Joanne Lees, the witnesses to use the front door this

witness most sought by the visiting

pack of journalists. My phone

stopped from newspapers in England pack of journalists. My phone hasn't

who want to make various offers for

Joanne Lees. Her story has never

really been truly told, we don't

believe. If you could deliver her,

what would that be worth ? It's on

the record that Grenada, for their

famous Martin Bashir interview,

?50,000. I don't famous Martin Bashir interview, paid ?50,000. I don't think Fleet Street famous Martin Bashir interview, paid

would offer less than that, to be

honest. If they could get Joanne

Lees to themselves. Joanne Lees has

maintained her silence outside of

court since she arrived at Darwin

airport early last Friday morning.

That reluctance to engage with the

news media in Australia has somehow

helped make her the subject of

continuing speculation, although

British journalist Frank Thorne

that's been groundless. Somebody British journalist Frank Thorne says

called it the Lindyficiation of

Joanne Lees, and for all of us,

that kind of Groundhog Day of here Joanne Lees, and for all of us, it's

we go again. It's the same that's

been going on for four years now

this is the endo end game as it been going on for four years now and

in the court case. The phenomenon this is the endo end game as it were

so-called Lindyficiation of Joanne in the court case. The phenomenon of

Lees was on the mijd of Lees was on the mijd of another so-called Lindyficiation of Joanne

journalist today. Lindsay Murdoch

reported the trial of Lindy

Chamberlain in the early 19 80s and

he identifies similarities with the

Bradley Murdoch trial. It's sort of

uncanny this morning, coming here

all these years later. In the early

80s the whole of Darwin was

by this mystery, and there are a 80s the whole of Darwin was consumed

lost similarities. You've got no

body, you've got a jury being body, you've got a jury being lost similarities. You've got no

from a very small jury pool, Darwin body, you've got a jury being pulled

is a very small place. Everyone

seemed to have a view about this

matter. Most of today's business in

court was taken up by the opening

address of Rex Wild QC, the

Territory's direct yor Territory's Director of Public address of Rex Wild QC, the Northern

Prosecutions. The address revealed

that the Crown will be seeking to

test new DNA evidence. What they're

of Bradley saying is that they've found traces

of Bradley Murdoch's DNA on some saying is that they've found traces

duct tape which was used, they say,

for constructing the handcuffs

were used to capture Joanne Lees. for constructing the handcuffs which

Now, if, as the prosecution says,

there is a perfect match in the DNA

between Bradley Murdoch and the DNA

found in that duct tape, that's

obviously a very key new part of

this case. Then

this case. Then it was time for obviously a very key new part of

Joanne Lees to begin her evidence,

and BBC correspondent Michael

Peschardt saw a witness more

than at the committal hearing last Peschardt saw a witness more relaxed

year. Well, I thought she was more

relaxed than she was perhaps during

the committal. There was no sort of

interaction at all between her and

Bradley John Murdoch but there was,

I thought, certainly a very real

willingness to answer the questions. willingness to answer the questions. I thought, certainly a very real

Joanne Lees will be back in the

witness box tomorrow and the trial

weeks. is expected to run for at least six

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