A woman accused of murdering her mother, who was acclaimed as a national treasure, has been released on bail.
Australian climate scientist pioneer and award-winning conservation author Dr. Mary E. White, 92, was found dead in her room at the Warrigal senior care complex in Bundanoon, south of New South Wales, last Sunday. at night.
The police alleged that Dr. White succumbed to a lethal combination of pills and drugs before his death.
His daughter Barbara Mary Eckersley, 67, was charged with the murder of the elderly mother of five on Thursday.
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The recipient and conservationist of the Order of Australia Dr. Mary E White (pictured) was allegedly murdered by her daughter in a nursing home on Sunday afternoon
Barbara Mary Eckersley (pictured), 67, appeared Friday at the Goulburn Local Court on the murder of her 92-year-old mother. She was released on bail
The Goulburn Local Court appeared on Friday, where his lawyer Hugh White successfully argued his case on bail.
She referred to Ms. Eckersley's "exemplary" character and said that she "needed time to mourn her mother with her family," ABC reported.
He also expressed concern about possible long delays before a trial could take place.
"There is a significant delay between the indictment and the appearance before the Supreme Court of New South Wales that could be up to 18 months," Mr. White told the court.
Judge Geraldine Beattie agreed.
"I accept that he has strong community ties and this is relevant to the likelihood that he will commit more crimes," he said.
Eckersley received strict bail conditions, where he must stay at his home in Bundanoon, turn in his passport, inform the police daily and do not contact the Warrigal senior care center.
He also had to provide $ 20,000 bail and will reappear in the local Goulburn court on October 3.
One family member said that after Dr. White led a healthy life for more than 85 years, his quality of life had been destroyed by dementia in recent years.
"I think it's tragic because she had been very strong for many years, but the last five years were a very fast decline," she told Daily Mail Australia.
"The last time I saw that it had crumbled dramatically from the previous time.
"It was really hard for the family, but especially for Barbara: she was very close to her."
Barbara Eckersley will reappear in the local Goulburn courthouse (pictured) in October
Eckersley's friends and neighbors were surprised to hear the news.
"I just know that Barbara should be under a lot of pressure," a neighbor told 9 News.
Another friend added: "Her mother could not recognize herself or her husband, and they went out every day, every night, and fed her, and it was a terrible existence for her mother, Mary."
Dr. White and his late husband Bill arrived in Australia in 1955, moving his young family from Zimbabwe.
The paleobotanist is the author of a series of award-winning books on climate change and in 2009 he was awarded the Order of Australia for his service to botany as a researcher.
Dr. White began studying Botany and Zoology at the University of Cape Town at the age of 16.
"Mary was a great woman, loved the planet and was a leader in her field," said her friend Brett Dolsen.
Dr. White was found dead inside the Warrigal Bundanoon senior care facility (pictured) at Bundanoon, in southern New South Wales, on Sunday afternoon
THE TIMES OF DR MARY E. WHITE:
1955 – She moves from Zimbabwe to Australia with her husband Bill and her young family
1970 – I worked as a leading fossil and botanist consultant for the Office of Mineral Resources
1986 – Authors of his first book: The greening of Gondwana
1994 – Receive an Eureka Award for your book: After greening: the darkening of Australia
1999 – I received the Riversleigh Medal for "excellence in the promotion of the understanding of Australian prehistory"
1999-2003 – Authors of three more books on conservation and climate change
2003 – Moved to Falls Forest Retreat on Johns River, in NSW Mid North Coast
2009 – Appointed to the Order of Australia
2010 – Received a Lifetime of Conservation award by the Australian Geographic Society
2018 – Found dead at the Warrigal nursing home in Bundanoon, NSW, on August 5
& # 39; She was a champion of conservation and education programs … and also a very good person & # 39;
After moving to Australia, he quickly became a leading voice on climate change.
She bought Falls Retreat Forest for more than $ 1 million in 2003 and turned much of it into a sanctuary of biodiversity and rainforest.
Dr. White eventually sold the large farm reduced in 2014 for less than he originally paid.
In a statement, Warrigal nursing homes said they were "busy working with the police and helping them with their investigations."
Police said the cause of Dr. White's death is unknown.
Dr. White out front of his extensive ecological farm The Falls Forest Retreat, much of which he turned into a rainforest sanctuary. Sold the property in 2014, before moving to the nursing home
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