Man faces murder charge at hospital hearing

from page 9 of The Mercury, May 1, 1996

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  Hobart man Martin Bryant yesterday was charged with the murder of a West Australian woman at Port Arthur on Sunday.
  Bryant, 28, of Clare St, New Town, did not enter a plea and was silent except for answering "yes" and "no" to questions during a four-minute hearing amid tight security in a room at the Royal Hobart Hospital.
  The charge followed the death of Kate Elizabeth Scott,21, of Balga in Perth.
  The matter was heard before magistrate Peter Dixon, with police prosecuter Sergeant Julian Whayman in charge of the case.
  Bryant was represented by a legal aid soliciter.
  Under Tasmanian law an accused person must be produced before the courts at least every 28 days.
  Bryant was remanded in custody to appear in the Hobart Magistrates Court at 9.45am on May 22.
  He is expected to remain in custody at the hospital recieving treatment for burns to his back and buttocks for another 10 to 14 days depending on medical advice.
  He then will be sent to the remand section of Risdon Prison.

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