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John Bowie accused of murdering wife Roxlyn 40 years ago appears in court

‘Pigs don’t leave evidence’: Husband’s chilling comment to colleagues as it is alleged he had the means to dispose of his dead wife’s body on a pig farm

  • John Bowie is accused of murdering wife Roxlyn in northern NSW in June 1992 
  • Her body has never been found and Bowie was extradited from QLD in October
  • A court heard that Bowie told ambulance workers: ‘Pigs don’t leave evidence’
  • Justice Robert Allan Hulme on Thursday refused 69-year-old’s bail application 

A former ambulance worker accused of murdering his wife almost 40 years ago allegedly had the means to dispose of her body at a pig farm, a NSW judge has been told.

John Bowie allegedly told ambulance workers: ‘Pigs don’t leave any evidence… they will never find her.’

Bowie was charged in October with murdering his 31-year-old wife Roxlyn, who vanished from her Walgett home in northern NSW in June 1982. Her body has never been found.

John Bowie was arrested on the Queensland Sunshine Coast in October and extradited to New South Wales (he is pictured at Sydney airport under police escort) 

Justice Robert Allan Hulme on Thursday refused the 69-year-old’s bail application in the Supreme Court.

His lawyer Sam Karnib said he was making the ‘bold submission’ that Ms Bowie may not be dead, suggesting if someone didn’t want to be found it was possible to disappear.

He contended there were ‘holes and gaps’ in the Crown case, which he described as not being strong and only circumstantial.

The Crown’s assertions included that his client was a known womaniser who had the means to dispose of his wife’s body at a pig farm and who was seen carrying a shovel the day after she disappeared, Mr Karnib said.

Roxlyn Bowie (pictured) was 31 when she disappeared from her home at Walgett in the state's north-west more than 37 years ago

Roxlyn Bowie (pictured) was 31 when she disappeared from her home at Walgett in the state’s north-west more than 37 years ago

He also referred to the pig comments Bowie was alleged to have made to ambulance workers.

In a letter supporting Bowie’s bail application, his sister said her knowledge of him led her to believe he was not responsible for his wife’s disappearance, saying it was not in his nature to ‘commit such a horrific’ crime.

But Justice Hulme noted Bowie had previously been jailed for five years for shooting with intent to murder, which he said tended to contradict the sister’s beliefs.

The judge said it was highly likely a jury would accept Ms Bowie was indeed dead.

The prosecution case could not be described as weak, he said, also noting ‘some of the strongest cases were circumstantial’.

‘There is no credible alternative perpetrator suggested,’ he said.

Bowie is due back in Central Local Court on February 6. 

A dam and an industrial site (pictured) were examined by authorities last year as part of the search for the missing woman

A dam and an industrial site (pictured) were examined by authorities last year as part of the search for the missing woman

 

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