DECEASED: Dalby man Mark Wilkes.
DECEASED: Dalby man Mark Wilkes. Contributed

Dalby murder trial set for Toowoomba court

A DALBY man charged with murder and arson arising from alleged incidents in the town is expected to face a Supreme Court trial in Toowoomba in the new year.

Jason William Binney is accused of killing father of three Mark Wilkes whose body was found by Queensland Fire and Emergency Service officers inside his Edward St home which was subject of a fire on the night of January 20 last year.

Police charged Binney with murder, arson and burglary some weeks later after investigating the cause of the blaze.

He has since been remanded in custody and was not in Toowoomba Supreme Court today when Crown prosecutor Julie Aylward presented an indictment charging the 45-year-old with murder.

Defence barrister David Jones asked the court to adjourn the case to the next call over of matters before the Supreme Court.

Mr Jones said it was "most likely" his client's trial would be heard in the Supreme Court sittings in Toowoomba of April next year and that, with more than 100 witnesses listed, it was expected the hearing would last two weeks.

Binney has not as yet been required to enter any pleas to the charges including murder.

Justice Martin Burns therefore remanded the accused in custody and adjourned the case to the next call over of matters before the Toowoomba Supreme Court when it was envisaged a date for trial would be set.