Supreme Court trial date for Deakin gets closer


A man accused of the murder of his grandmother and a former Far South Coast policeman is due to be arraigned to stand trial over the deaths in the Supreme Court in Sydney on Friday. 

Murray Deakin is also charged with one count of grievous bodily harm with intent to murder his grandfather. It's undecided as to whether the 20-year-old will stand trial, in Bega or Sydney.  

Deakin pleaded not guilty late last year, his lawyer telling the court due to "reasons of mental illness".

It's just over a year since he stabbed his grandmother and grandfather, Gail and Thomas Winner, in their Bega home, before leaving their house and driving south down the Princes Highway, at times with police in pursuit. 

On Sapphire Coast Drive between Merimbula and Tathra he was approached by Far South Coast former policeman Mick Horne, who he then attacked with a hammer. Mr Horne did not survive his injuries. 

Deakin will be arraigned by Justice Elizabeth Fullerton.