Paul Cohrs pleads not guilty

Paul Cohrs
Paul Cohrs

PAUL Cohrs has pleaded not guilty to the murder of his mother Bette Cohrs at her Red Cliffs home in October last year.

The case was set for a one-and-a-half-day committal hearing, however it proceeded by way of a hand-up brief, with no witnesses called or evidence given, in an eight-minute video link before Mildura Magistrates' Court on Tuesday.

Cohrs looked straight down the camera into the court room, where Magistrate Dr Michael King said he was satisfied there was a case to answer.

He was read a committal and alibi caution before Dr King asked whether he pleaded guilty or not guilty to the murder of his 82-year-old mother at her Red Cliffs property on October 30.

He entered a not-guilty plea as family members watched from the courtroom.

The court was previously told a 90-minute body-worn camera recording taken from inside an ambulance would form part of the prosecution's case. 

Cohrs was committed for trial and a directions hearing was set for the Supreme Court of Melbourne on August 26. He was formally remanded in custody.

Two weeks ago, New South Wales Police issued a warrant for the arrest of Cohrs, a former Wentworth Shire councillor, over the murder of his 63-year-old brother Raymond Cohrs at Lake Victoria Station on the same day as his mother's death.

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