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Husband in cold case murder makes bail bid

AAP logoAAP 17/11/2016 Sarah Motherwell

The adult children of Edmund Ian Riggs say any evidence they can give about the alleged murder of their mother 15 years ago will not be influenced if their father is released on bail.

Patricia Anne Riggs went missing from the family's Margate home, north of Brisbane, on September 30, 2001.

Her husband was charged with her murder in August after the 34-year-old's skeletal remains were found in the backyard during renovations done by a new home owner.

Riggs, 57, this week lodged an application in the Brisbane Supreme Court to be released on bail.

He said in an affidavit he was willing to not contact any crown witnesses other than his children, who are the "main focus" of his life.

Two of the children, Matilda and Edgar, have each offered $50,000 surety to secure their father's release from prison.

"I would not betray that faith or jeopardise their financial security by failing to comply with my bail obligations," Riggs said.

All four children have sworn affidavits they have visited their father in jail, wish to have continued contact with him and any evidence they could give in the case would not be influenced by him.

"I was seven years old when my mother disappeared and my recollection of those events is very limited," Macarthur Riggs, the couple's son, said.

Riggs also claimed in his application that he never used a false name after his wife's disappearance but accepted he may have done so.

"I felt hounded at the time and using my real name may have increased the chances of police or the media continuing to pressure me," Riggs said.

"I took some time away to overcome the stress of the situation.

"Once I was able to think clearly, I eagerly returned to my children."

The bail hearing is set down for December.

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