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McCulkin accused confessed to friend

AAP logoAAP 16/11/2016 Rachael Burnett

A suspected killer of the McCulkin family confessed to a friend that he had raped the two young daughters, a court has heard.

Garry Reginald Dubois, 69, is accused of raping and murdering siblings Vicki and Leanne McCulkin, aged 13 and 11 respectively, and killing their mother Barbara.

Dubois and his co-accused, Vincent O'Dempsey, allegedly took the McCulkins from their Highgate Hill home and killed them in bushland on or about January 16, 1974.

Douglas Meredith said he was drinking and smoking with his friend Tom Hamilton at his home in 1974 when he told him that Dubois had confessed to raping the girls.

"He (Hamilton) said O'Dempsey murdered the McCulkins and they raped the children, him and Dubois," he added.

"He told me Garry Dubois had told him - some time after the murders.

"I don't know exactly when but it was after they had done it."

Mr Hamilton disappeared in January 1975 and is now known to have been murdered, the court was told.

Dubois allegedly told police officer John Attwood "I'm dead if I talk" after he was arrested in July 1980 in Adelaide.

"F***ing murder, I can't believe it - I'm guilty because I know O'Dempsey," he is allaged to have said.

"If I blab I'm dead and I'll be an old man in jail if I don't."

Dubois allegedly added: "I can't (say anything), he's f***ing mad, you don't know him, he's a mad f***ing dog. Don't you think I would if I could (say something)."

Defence lawyer Dennis Lynch QC asserted during cross-examination that the conversation never took place.

"What I'm suggesting to you is that there was no conversation in the holding cells or any conversation when he told you anything about the McCulkins at any time after his arrest," he told the former policeman.

Mr Attwood replied: "It happened."

Dubois has pleaded not guilty to three counts of murder, two counts of rape and one count of deprivation of liberty. O'Dempsey is to face trial next year.

The trial continues on Thursday.

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