No bail for accused child murderer, case adjourned

Accused child murderer Nathan William Forrest appeared before Magistrate Andrew Eckhold in Dubbo Local Court yesterday morning.

The 22-year-old was charged at the weekend for the April 1 murder of a four-year-old boy in Ravenswood, north of Warren.

Flanked by Corrective Services guards and wearing prison greens Forrest appeared briefly in the dock but did not speak and no plea was entered.

Several family members of the accused sat in the court as Magistrate Eckhold formally refused bail after no application was made.

Forrest’s defence solicitor, Jarni Simpson from North and Badgery, sought a brief from the prosecution which Magistrate Eckhold ordered for June 6.

The matter was adjourned for June 22 when Forrest will appear via audiovisual link in Dubbo Local Court.

Documents served to the court show Forrest was living in Brisbane Street Dubbo when police apprehended him at 7.55pm on Saturday.

The alleged murder took place between 10pm and 11pm on April 1 in Ravenswood, about 1km north of Warren.