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Husband is ordered to stand trial over the cold case murder of his wife 47 years ago

A South Australian man will stand trial over the 1973 cold case murder of his wife, after her remains were found in the backyard of their home.

Geoffrey Adams pleaded not guilty in Adelaide Magistrates Court on Tuesday to the murder of his wife Colleen, who went missing from their Maitland home 46 years ago.

But Adams, who led police to Mrs Adams’ body during a dig on the site in 2018, has pleaded guilty to her manslaughter but the plea was not accepted by prosecutors.

Geoffrey Adams pleaded not guilty in Adelaide Magistrates Court on Tuesday to the murder of his wife Colleen (pictured together), who went missing from their Maitland home 46 years ago

Geoffrey Adams pleaded not guilty in Adelaide Magistrates Court on Tuesday to the murder of his wife Colleen (pictured together), who went missing from their Maitland home 46 years ago

Adams, who led police to Mrs Adams' body during a dig (pictured) on the site in 2018, has pleaded guilty to her manslaughter but the plea was not accepted by prosecutors

Adams, who led police to Mrs Adams’ body during a dig (pictured) on the site in 2018, has pleaded guilty to her manslaughter but the plea was not accepted by prosecutors

Magistrate Elizabeth Sheppard remanded him in custody to appear before the Supreme Court in April.

At earlier court hearings it was revealed Adams had provided police with 11 hours of interviews which were described as the ‘core piece of evidence’.

The court also heard that the examination of the remains of Mrs Adams was not a ‘straightforward autopsy’ as forensic scientists were dealing with a ‘fragmented’ skeleton.

Prosecutors said on Tuesday the case would be a ‘relatively complex’ one to prepare.

Adams had previously told police he awoke about 7am on Thursday, November 22, 1973, to find his wife fully dressed with two packed suitcases.

According to Adams, she said she was leaving and never wanted to see him or the children again, before getting into a car with a middle-aged woman he did not know.

Geoffrey Adams

Colleen Adams

Adams (left) had previously told police he awoke about 7am on Thursday, November 22, 1973, to find his wife (right)  fully dressed with two packed suitcases

Mrs Adams was reported missing by her mother about a month later, but the case was not declared a major crime until 1979.

After the discovery of her body, her youngest daughter Kaye visited the site and delivered a statement to the media through a victim contact officer.

‘Today I have finally found my mother,’ the statement said.

‘After 45 years of hoping, we have found her.

‘It’s hard to say in a few words what I am feeling, but I am so grateful to the South Australian police and everyone who has worked to help find her.’

Relatives of Mrs Adams were in court on Tuesday but made no comment following the hearing.

 

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