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Singleton Woman Charged With Murder Of Firefighter Refused Bail

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The woman charged with the murder of a volunteer firefighter sobbed when her application for release was refused in Muswellbrook Local Court today. 

Nicole Mason, the 30-year-old Singleton woman was charged last week with the murder of 43-year-old New Zealand firefighter Ian Pullen whose body was found on the side of Carrington Street, Glenridding at Singleton in September 2018. 

Police have also charged a 29-year-old man over the incident and charged him with murder, dangerous driving occasioning death and fail to stop and assist after vehicle impact causing death.

Police will allege in court Joshua Knight was driving a white Toyota Hilux utility when Mr Pullen was struck in the early hours of Saturday 29th of September before leaving the scene.

It will be further alleged that the vehicle returned a short time later, with the man and woman exiting the utility and striking Mr Pullen in the head with an object. 

Joshua Knight is still before the courts.

Nicole Mason appeared in Muswellbrook Local Court today via audio visual link from Silverwater Correctional Centre with her lawyer also appearing via link from Newcastle. 

The lawyer told the court that “it is natural the court would be cautious when looking to grant bail to a woman charged with murder” but believed the court should due to there only being “circumstantial evidence” against Ms Mason. 

The lawyer added that Ms Mason’s “subsequent conduct [since the incident] shows she doesn’t pose an unacceptable risk” to the community. 

The lawyer also said the significant delay in there being a trial should be taken into consideration, the COVID-19 restrictions inmates face when it comes to visitors particularly because the accused has children. She added the fact that Ms Mason hadn’t been imprisoned prior should also be considered.  

The prosecution, however, argued that there was enough evidence for a strong case, there was enough evidence to place Ms Mason at the scene and she also argued the accused lied and changed her statements about where she was and what she saw that night in 2018. 

There was also an argument that Ms Mason had changed her statement to police on the events of that night two years ago; she initially said that she was asleep on the back seat and was awoken by a bump, she then said to the male driver ‘what was that’ and he said “we just hit someone”. On other occasions, Ms Mason apparently said she had no idea what happened that night. 

In the end, the Judge refused the bail application, he said that it was not the role of the bail court to determine how the evidence would play out in a trial. 

Ms Mason was sobbing when the Judge delivered the news. She will have her case mentioned in court again on December 7, 2020. 

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