Teen accused of stoning a woman and stuffing her body into a trash can ‘does not intend to plead guilty’
- A 17-year-old boy will appear in court next month for the murder of a teenage mother
- 18-year-old Britney Watson was stoned and her body was left in a trash on May 6
- The discovery was made by police in the Pilbara region of Western Australia
- The suspect’s lawyers suggest that he does not intend to convict the charges
A teenager accused of murdering a young mother and then putting her body in a trash can is likely to plead for murder.
The body of 18-year-old Britney Watson was found outside the Newman Hospital on May 6, in a remote mining town of Newman, northwestern Western Australia, just four weeks after the birth of her second child.
A 17-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has been at the Banksia Hill Juvenile Detention Center since the find.
He videotaped the Perth Children’s Court on Thursday, where lawyers raised concerns about possible delays that could put him on trial as an adult.
Martu woman Britney Watson’s body (photo) 18 was discovered on May 6 outside Newman Hospital, in a small town north of Perth
Western Australian Police Commissioner Chris Dawson (pictured) informs the media about developments since the body’s discovery
Lawyer Georgia Herford has indicated that the child may choose to bring charges against him, The West reported.
“There may be a plea for not being guilty,” said Mrs. Herford, but added that he had not yet made up his mind.
She said the legal counsel did not want the case adjourned for too long, as he turns 18 next year and can eventually be tried as an adult.
“We’re a little concerned,” she said.
The case was adjourned until August 10
Ms. Watson’s body was found on May 6 in a trash can outside Newman Hospital.
Police believe she may have been stoned before the body was placed in the trash and dumped outside the medical facility.
She left behind a toddler and a four-week-old baby.
Ms. Watson left a toddler and a four week old baby