ON A coastal headland with sweeping ocean views, a yellow flag marked the site where Des Campbell camped with his wife, Janet Fisicaro. Just beyond the trees where their tent was pitched, the headland drops 50 metres to rocks below. Ms Fisicaro plunged to her death from the cliff on March 24, 2005.With Mr Campbell on trial for her murder, a Supreme Court jury yesterday inspected the area where the 49-year-old spent her final hours. Her husband of six months had taken her on an overnight camping trip to the Royal National Park, not far from their new Otford home. Mr Campbell told police he found her body at the base of the cliff after she left the tent to go to the toilet, the trial has heard.Prosecutors allege that, motivated by a desire for her money, he pushed her over.Mr Campbell, 52, denies the allegations and has pleaded not guilty to murder.The trial moved from the courtroom to the alleged crime scene yesterday so jurors could inspect the campsite.After a warning that the visit would involve a 45-minute walk through bush and examination of the cliff top, several prospective jurors were excused due to fitness issues or their fear of heights.The jury was accompanied yesterday by the trial judge, Megan Latham, court sheriffs, detectives, and lawyers for the prosecution and defence.They trekked along a bush track to reach a headland just south of Burning Palms, and pushed through spiky thigh-high vegetation to get to the campsite.The Crown Prosecutor, Mark Tedeschi, QC, has told jurors it was ”the most unlikely, uncomfortable and unsafe camping spot” imaginable – and alleged Mr Campbell chose it deliberately as he planned his wife’s murder. The trial has heard evidence that Mr Campbell, who had served in the army, was an experienced camper, but that Ms Fisicaro had been scared of heights and had never camped.A crime scene officer, Detective Sergeant Greg Moon, showed the jury relevant features, including the campsite.Just metres away, on the edge of the cliff, another yellow flag marked where a shoe print had been found by police.The trial has heard the print partially matched the tread on Ms Fisicaro’s sneakers and that branches had been broken off a nearby tree. The jurors were secured with safety harnesses before examining the spot.The jury remained at the site after sunset to observe light conditions equivalent to when Ms Fisicaro had died and were to trek out later using torchlight.The Crown contends that with daylight saving and a full moon rising before sunset, there would have been ample light and Ms Fisicaro would not have accidentally stumbled off the cliff.The trial continues.
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