A MAN charged with failing to provide the necessities of life to a woman who passed away in hospital is yet to enter a plea as his solicitor waits for more evidence from the autopsy.
Neil Douglas Morris appeared in Tamworth Local Court this week charged in connection to the death of the 75-year-old woman from Nundle in July, last year.
Solicitor Kevin Carr said there were some items missing from the brief including a pathologist’s statement.
”[We’re] still waiting for the autopsy photos and a statement,” he told the court.
[We’re] still waiting for the autopsy photos and a statement.Solicitor Kevin Carr
The court heard “the brief is complete for the purpose of discussions”, solicitor for the DPP Geoffrey Kidd said.
“It still needs to go to the director given the seriousness of it, in respect of the charge,” he said.
Morris is not charged with causing injuries to the woman, rather failing to provide the necessities of life.
Magistrate Julie Soars heard Morris wasn’t subjected to bail and ordered the brief to be served before the case returns to court in May.
It still needs to go to the director given the seriousness of it, in respect of the charge.DPP solicitor Geoffrey Kidd
Strike Force Cumbora was launched by Oxley detectives to investigate the 75-year-old woman’s death in July.
The woman died three days after she was rushed to Tamworth hospital from her Nundle home with serious injuries.
At the time, police said a community nurse had attended the house and called for urgent assistance on July 13 before the woman was rushed to hospital by ambulance.
She was placed into a specialist ward but died from her injuries three days later.
Following several months of investigations and an autopsy, detectives charged Morris with failing to provide the necessities of life.
Police will allege in court Morris was known to the woman.