Bronwynne Richardson murder charges dropped

Bronwynne Richardson.

Bronwynne Richardson.

PROSECUTORS have dropped charges against the man accused of killing, kidnapping and raping of Corowa teenager Bronwynne Richardson in 1973.

The withdrawal of the counts against Colin Michael Newey occurred in Albury Local Court on Tuesday morning.

A Department of Public Prosecutions representative told magistrate Tony Murray that the case would not be proceeding and charges of murder, abduction and rape were being discontinued.

No reasons for the decision were given to the court.

A committal hearing had been due to run over five days in Albury Local Court later this year.

Newey was arrested in July last year and extradited from his home in South Australia to NSW.

He was then charged and held in custody, before a successful bail application in November.

Miss Richardson worked as a cashier at Coles in Albury on October 12, 1973, and was later abducted from outside a church in Smollett Street.

A shoe and her handbag were left behind and her battered body was found two days later in a lagoon west of Albury after a large-scale land and water search.