Stephen Playford: Kedron dad accused of killing daughter case delayed

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Police at the Kedron home where Sidney Playford was found dead in her bed by her mother. Photo: Kim Stephens Sidney Playford, 6, was allegedly murdered by her father Stephen. Photo: Supplied

The case against a Brisbane man charged with the murder of his six-year-old daughter last year remains in limbo, as psychiatrists continue to assess his suitability to stand trial.

A mental health assessment of Stephen Philip Playford, 52, is yet to be completed, Brisbane Magistrates Court heard on Thursday morning, with the magistrate commenting it would be “quite a difficult report, that one” for experts to compile.

After a brief hearing on Thursday, the murder case has been adjourned until the end of the year to enable the report to be completed.

The former Brisbane mining executive stands accused of killing his daughter Sidney, 6, at their home at Kedron in the early hours of September 7, 2015 and attempting to kill her sister, his eight-year-old eldest daughter.

Mr Playford, who is being represented by Legal Aid, has been held in Wacol’s Park Centre for Mental Health since being charged with killing his daughter and attempting to kill her sister hours after Sidney’s lifeless body was found in her bed by her 36-year-old mother.

He was not required to appear before the magistrate on Thursday.

The matter is now not scheduled to return to court until November 3.

It is expected the assessment will be completed by that time, which will determine how the Director of Public Prosecutions proceeds with the case.

Mr Playford fled the family’s home in his luxury four-wheel-drive hours before his wife discovered their daughter’s body.

He was found later in the day in Gold Coast bushland and taken to the Gold Coast University Hospital for treatment.

He is yet to appear before a magistrate in person to officially face the charges laid against him.

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