A terminally-ill mechanic accused of murdering a Sydney grandmother has had his bail revoked after a court heard he had nothing to lose if released.
Rodney Boatswain, 64, was arrested in January almost three months after he allegedly shot Helen Dawson Key, 75, through the screen door of her Toongabbie home in western Sydney.
Boatswain had been granted bail earlier this month by the Supreme Court, but the DPP made a successful application for his detention on Wednesday.
Police allege Boatswain shot Ms Key in a revenge attack after believing she had influenced his mother into changing her will.
After his mother’s death, they claim Boatswain vowed to take action against all those involved in the will’s adjustment, saying he would “wait a couple of years so no one will suspect me”.
In making an application for his ongoing detention, crown prosecutor Maria Cinque said there is a strong circumstantial case against the 64-year-old.
She described the nature of the alleged offence as “cold-blooded”.
“The respondent (Boatswain) still holds this acrimony towards others,” she told the court.
Contradicting Boatswain’s claims that he had strong community ties, Ms Cinque said he was estranged from one of his daughters, while the other was “quite simply in fear of her life”.
Boatswain also had guns in the past and 16 rounds of ammunition had been found in his garage, Ms Cinque said.
“His wife seems to be in knowledge of what her husband did and that is who will be supporting him (if released),” she told the court.
Boatswain she argued “still has nothing to lose”.
But his defence barrister Rebekah Rodger said he was willing to put forward the whole share of his house as security if released so he had “everything to lose”.
“This was the home for which the crown alleges he committed the offence over,” she said.
Boatswain’s treatment for terminal liver cancer was also not slowing down the development of the disease.
But Justices Clifton Hoeben, Peter Johnson and Robert Allan Hulme refused Boatswain bail.
In handing down his decision, Justice Hulme said that despite the strict conditions initially placed on him at his bail application earlier this month, Boatswain posed an unacceptable risk if released.
If it were his intention to “get even” or interfere with witnesses “there was very little the court can do by way of sanctions that nature has not already foreshadowed”, Justice Hoeben said during the hearing.
Boatswain’s matter is expected to return to court later this month.