A teenager accused of killing a young mother and then stuffing her body in a wheelie bin is likely to plead not guilty to murder.
The body of Britney Watson, 18 was found outside Newman Hospital, in a remote mining town of Newman, in northwest Western Australia on May 6, just four weeks after she gave birth to her second child.
A 17-year-old boy, who can’t be named for legal reasons, has been in custody at the Banksia Hill Juvenile Detention Centre since the body was found.
He faced the Perth Children’s Court via video-link on Thursday where lawyers expressed concerns over potential delays which could see him tried as an adult.
Lawyer Georgia Herford indicated the child may choose to fight the criminal charges against him, The West reported.
‘Maybe there would be a plea of not guilty’, Ms Herford said, but she added that he had not made a decision yet.
She said legal counsel didn’t want the case adjourned for too long as he turns 18 next year and could end up being tried as an adult.
‘We are a little bit worried,’ she said.
The case has been adjourned until August 10,
Ms Watson’s body was found inside a wheelie bin outside the Newman Hospital on May 6.
Police believe she may have been stoned to death before the body was placed inside the bin and dumped outside the medical facility.
She left behind a toddler and four-week old baby.