Accused to stand trial over alleged murder of Maryborough grandmother

The man accused of murdering Maryborough grandmother Karen Ashcroft (pictured) has been committed to stand trial.

The Percydale man accused of murdering Maryborough grandmother Karen Ashcroft while he was on bail, has been committed to stand trial.

During the committal hearing, which lasted three days and involved a number of witnesses, it was revealed 39-year-old Percydale man Ben Wardlaw was on bail at the time of the alleged fatal stabbing of Ms Ashcroft at an Alma Street address in May this year.

Mr Wardlaw was charged with one count of murder and one count of committing an indictable offence whilst on bail after he was arrested following an eight-hour man hunt.

Mr Wardlaw pleaded not guilty at the committal hearing.

The court heard the 39-year-old had a history of cult worshipping and that he had been taking ice and withdrawing from opioids in the days leading up to the incident.

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