The Harley Hicks trial - the case day by day

LOST TOO SOON: Baby Zayden Veal-Whitting.

LOST TOO SOON: Baby Zayden Veal-Whitting.

THE HARLEY HICKS TRIAL - DAY 1...

Supreme Court trial begins

A BENDIGO baby was struck at least 25 times to the head and killed with a home-made baton during a burglary at his Long Gully home, the Victorian Supreme Court has heard. Read full story here

THE HARLEY HICKS TRIAL - DAY 2...

Mother tells of moment she found her baby covered in blood

THE mother of a Bendigo baby bludgeoned to death in his cot has told the Supreme Court of the harrowing moment she found her son limp and covered in blood. Read full story here

THE HARLEY HICKS TRIAL - DAY 3...

Twin brother says he was at home on night of Bendigo baby murder

THE twin brother of accused man Harley Hicks says he was at home the night baby Zayden Veal-Whitting was killed and did not commit the murder. Read fully story here 

Hicks family members leave the court.

Hicks family members leave the court.

Mum's partner says he 'loved those boys'

THE partner of Casey Veal has told the Supreme Court he loved Ms Veal’s children and did not kill baby Zayden. Read full story here

THE HARLEY HICKS TRIAL - DAY 4...

I saw baton in Harley's bedroom: Witness

THE older brother of Harley Hicks has told the court he saw a baton on the floor of the bedroom of the accused man several days after baby Zayden Veal-Whitting was found bludgeoned to death in his cot. Read full story here

THE HARLEY HICKS TRIAL - DAY 5...

Hicks trial hears of backyard intruder

Accused seen leaving house wearing grey hoodie and carrying bag. Witness tells of backyard intruder. Read full storyhere

THE HARLEY HICKS TRIAL - DAY 6... 

Questions raised about twin's alibi

QUESTIONS have been raised about the alibi of the twin brother of the man accused of murdering baby Zayden Veal-Whitting on the night of the child's death. Read full story here 

Harley Hicks is taken from the Supreme Court in Bendigo.

Harley Hicks is taken from the Supreme Court in Bendigo.

THE HARLEY HICKS TRIAL - DAY 7...

Hicks trial: Twin brother was home that night, court hears

THE twin brother of the man accused of murdering baby Zayden Veal-Whitting was at home on the night of the child’s death, the father of Harley and Ashley Hicks has told the Supreme Court. Read full story here

Weapon was not focus of search

POLICE were not looking for a murder weapon the first time they searched the residence of the man accused of murdering baby Zayden Veal-Whitting, the Supreme Court has heard. Full story here

THE HARLEY HICKS TRIAL - DAY 8...

Ex girlfriend was too scared to tell police what she saw

THE former girlfriend of the man accused of murdering baby Zayden Veal-Whitting has told the Supreme Court she was too scared to tell police what she saw in the days that followed the baby’s death. Full story here

THE HARLEY HICKS TRIAL - DAY 9...

Stolen wallet links to baton

A WALLET and identification cards belonging to the stepfather of baby Zayden Veal-Whitting were found in a car at the home of the man accused of the child’s murder, the Supreme Court has heard. Read full story here

Harley Hicks

Harley Hicks

THE HARLEY HICKS TRIAL - DAY 10....

Court hears Hicks tell of burglaries and ICE

THE man accused of murdering baby Zayden Veal-Whitting told an undercover police officer he had been on ICE and was committing burglaries the night the child was killed. Full story here

DNA on baton matches accused man

A HOME-MADE baton alleged to be the weapon used to kill a 10-month-old baby was found carrying DNA matching the man accused of the murder, the Supreme Court has heard. Read full story here

THE HARLEY HICKS TRIAL - DAY 11...

No blood on baton: expert

A HOME-MADE baton which prosecutors allege was used to bludgeon a baby to death did not have traces of blood, a court has heard. Full story here

THE HARLEY HICKS TRIAL - DAY 12..

Defence questions search

THE defence counsel of the man accused of murdering Long Gully baby Zayden Veal-Whitting has questioned how thoroughly police searched for a murder weapon. Full story here

THE HARLEY HICKS TRIAL - DAY 13..

Detective links baton with baby's injuries

THE detective  responsible for the investigation into the killing of Zayden Veal-Whitting says the discovery of a home-made baton alleged by the Crown to be the murder weapon was a “chance finding’’. Full story here

EVIDENCE: The baton.

EVIDENCE: The baton.

Crown gives closing address in Hicks trial. 

THE Crown is giving its closing address in the Supreme Court in the hope of proving beyond reasonable doubt the accused man Harley Hicks killed baby Zayden Veal-Whitting. Read full story here

THE HARLEY HICKS TRIAL - DAY 14...

Crown says case is 'jigsaw'

PROSECUTORS have told a Supreme Court jury the case against the man accused of murdering Long Gully baby Zayden Veal-Whitting is like a jigsaw puzzle. Read full story here

THE HARLEY HICKS TRIAL - DAY 15...

'False killer' story is about Hicks, Crown says

THE crown says a story made up about a 'false killer' by the man accused of murdering baby Zayden Veal-Whitting was actually his own story. Full story here

Hicks jury asked to put aside prejudice

THE jury has been asked to put aside any prejudice against the man accused of murdering baby Zayden Veal-Whitting and judge the case against him on the evidence. Full story here

Harley Hicks

Harley Hicks

THE HARLEY HICKS TRIAL - DAY 16...

Hicks told lies to protect: defence

A SUPREME Court jury has been asked to consider the possibility Harley Hicks told lies to protect someone else, possibly his twin brother. Read full story here

THE HARLEY HICKS TRIAL - DAY 17...

Defence says baton was murder weapon

LAWYERS defending the man accused of murdering baby Zayden Veal-Whitting have ruled out the child’s stepfather as a possible ‘other’ for causing the death – but have put to the Supreme Court that Harley Hicks is covering for someone. Read full story here

THE HARLEY HICKS TRIAL - DAY 18...

Hicks defence says evidence doesn't fit

THE defence team representing Harley Hicks says there are five key pieces evidence that don’t fit with the prosecution’s case the accused man killed Zayden Veal-Whitting. Read full story here

THE VERDICT: 

Harley Hicks found guilty of murder. 

A liar, a thief and a killer

Hicks' mum breached judge's order

Woman cautioned in Hicks trial for following witnesses out of court

Jury asks questions about Hicks coaching brother in witness box

EDITORIAL: Thoughts are with Zayden's family.

Zayden's mother Casey Veal and father James Whitting leave the court.

Zayden's mother Casey Veal and father James Whitting leave the court.

Zayden's family tells of heavy hearts

THE family of Zayden Veal-Whitting doesn’t want to live in a world of hate – but that intense and deep emotion blankets them because of the “monster’’ who killed their little boy. Read full story here

THE PLEA HEARING

Crown calls for life sentence for baby killer in plea hearing in the Supreme Court.

Mother's plea to drug users

Mother of baby Zayden Veal-Whitting wants son's killer to stay behind bars for life ... and makes plea to ice users to think of her little boy and give up the drug. Read full story here

Hicks to be sentenced

Harley Hicks will be sentenced on June 13. Full story here

NEWS FEATURE: Sentence will never end family's pain. A look back on the trial, and what couldn't be told.

Harley Hicks is led into court. He would emerge with a life sentence.

Harley Hicks is led into court. He would emerge with a life sentence.

THE SENTENCE

Judgement Day: Live updates

Harley Hicks sentenced to life: Justice Stephen Kaye says crime was "totally and utterly evil''

Zayden's family welcomes life sentence: But it will never bring their baby back. 

APPEAL

Harley Hicks applies to appeal sentence:  Hicks is arguing his non-parole period is manifestly excessive because of his age, the risks to him in custody, his abusive upbringing, the killing was spontaneous and that the sentencing judge "erred by aggravating the sentence upon a finding of the absence of remorse''.

Galleries: 

GALLERY: The Harley Hicks trial

GALLERY: The committal

GALLERY: Exhibits tendered during the trial

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