Barbara McCulkin and her daughters were taken from their home in Highgate Hill in Brisbane in 1974.Vincent O’Dempsey’s appeal against his convictions for the murders of Barbara McCulkin and her two daughters 44 years ago will be heard in July.
A Brisbane Supreme Court jury found O’Dempsey guilty of the 1974 killings last May.
One month later, he filed a notice to appeal the three murder convictions and one count of deprivation of liberty.
In the Queensland Court of Appeal on Friday, Justice Walter Sofronoff refused a request to delay the hearing until November.
Instead he listed it for July 25 and 26.
O’Dempsey was found to have taken Mrs McCulkin, 32, her daughters Vicki, 13, and Leanne, 11, from their Brisbane home at Highgate Hill on the night of January 16, 1974.
He then killed them in bushland near Warwick.
Garry Dubois was also convicted of the murder of the two girls but found guilty of a lesser charge of manslaughter for Mrs McCulkin.
Both men protested their innocence during sentencing, but Justice Peter Applegarth described O’Dempsey as “beyond redemption” and said he expected him to die in jail.
“You were the principal offender in each brutal killing,” he said at the time.
Dubois has also launched an appeal against his convictions.
Australian Associated Press