Barbieri lawyers challenge police over witnesses

Lawyers representing the Sydney mother and son accused of murdering police officer Bryson Anderson are set for a preliminary skirmish with prosecutors in the case, after they applied to call every police witness at the pair’s upcoming committal hearing.

Fiona Barbieri, 45, and her son, Mitchell Barbieri, 19, have been charged with the stabbing murder of Detective Inspector Anderson, 45, during an alleged neighbourhood dispute late last year in Oakville on Sydney’s north-west fringe.

Police say they attended the Barbieri property on Scheyville Road in response to an urgent call from their neighbour, Kevin Waters, who claimed Mr Barbieri was firing crossbow arrows at a tradesman working on his property.

It was the allegedly latest escalation in a long-running dispute.

The Barbieris allegedly barricaded themselves inside the house and fired arrows at arriving officers.

After a two-hour standoff, Inspector Anderson went around to the back entrance of the brick bungalow to negotiate with the pair.

Fiona Barbieri allegedly swung at officers with a mallet and her son allegedly lunged out from the back door with a knife, fatally stabbing Inspector Anderson in the neck.

The committal hearing for the pair was due to start on Monday.

But Central Local Court heard that lawyers for the accused had applied to call all police witnesses in the case to give evidence – at least nine officers in total – at the committal stage.

Crown Prosecutor Pat Barrett told magistrate Christopher O’Brien that prosecutors would be “resisting the application “.

The matter will be thrashed out in court on Wednesday and Thursday this week, with a committal date to then be set for later in the year.

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