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Teen on SA trespass charge gets bail

AAP logoAAP 30/09/2016

A Queensland teenager accused of trespassing at the home of an Adelaide man murdered by his granddaughter has been released on bail.

Shelby Holmes, 19, will return to Queensland and live with her parents who walked her out of the South Australian Supreme Court on Friday.

She has been charged with aggravated serious criminal trespass at Robert Whitwell's home about three months before the 81-year-old was killed.

Earlier this week Holmes' friend Brittney Dwyer, also 19, pleaded guilty to murdering Mr Whitwell at his home in August. Dwyer is Mr Whitwell's granddaughter.

Holmes and Dwyer are both accused of trespassing at his Craigmore home, allegedly with the intention of later robbing him of $30,000.

Prosecutors say Holmes made her way into Mr Whitwell's carport and opened a roller door to let Dwyer in, but the pair then abandoned the plan and didn't steal any money.

The court previously heard that police had recovered 19,000 text messages sent between Holmes and Dwyer over a two-year period.

Holmes had allegedly spent time watching Mr Whitwell in Adelaide and told Dwyer that he seemed like a nice man.

Dwyer allegedly told Holmes not to get attached to him, writing in a text message: "He might have to die".

Another friend of Dwyer's, Bernadette Burns, 21, has also been charged with Mr Whitwell's murder.

Prosectors argued Holmes should be kept in custody because there was a risk she could interfere with police witnesses and investigations if released.

But her lawyer Andrew George said the trespass allegation was not related to the murder case and Holmes, who had no criminal history, should be released.

Justice David Lovell released Holmes on the conditions she live with her parents near Brisbane and observe a night-time curfew.

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