The man accused of murdering Cranebrook’s Cheryl Ardler and dumping her remains in bushland has had his matter mentioned in court.
Dennis Andrew French did not appear on screen when his matter was briefly mentioned at Penrith Local Court last Friday.
The prosecution sought extended time to provide its evidence, explaining it could take nine to 12 months to obtain the pathologist and anthropologist reports which remain outstanding.
However, Magistrate Brian van Zuylen refused to remove the matter from the normal timetable without more information.
Police allege 39-year-old French murdered Ms Ardler, 41, on or about December 12, 2012 before dumping her body in bushland near Laycock Street, Cranebrook.
She was last seen near a bus stop on Greenhalg Road, Cranebrook in early December 2012.
Six years later, investigators discovered Ms Ardler’s bones which led to French being charged with murder on April 12 this year.
His matter was adjourned to July 19.
Bail was not applied for and was formally refused.
Alena Higgins is the Weekender’s Senior News Reporter, primarily covering courts and Council issues.