Man to face trial for SA cold-case murder

A magistrate has ordered Matthew Tilley to stand trial for the 1993 murder of Suzanne Poll.
A magistrate has ordered Matthew Tilley to stand trial for the 1993 murder of Suzanne Poll.

A man charged over the cold-case stabbing murder of an Adelaide woman 26 years ago will go to trial after pleading not guilty to the crime.

Matthew Donald Tilley, 46, was arrested in Victoria in September last year after DNA linked him to the killing of Suzanne Poll in 1993.

He faced Adelaide Magistrates Court on Friday where his counsel, Craig Caldicott, said he would plead not guilty and could be committed for trial.

Magistrate Simon Smart remanded Tilley in custody to appear in the Supreme Court in December.

Mrs Poll, a mother of two, was stabbed to death while working at the Salisbury Sands & McDougall store, in Adelaide's north, during what police believe might have been a robbery-gone-wrong.

The lights were off and the shop was shut, but the front door remained ajar while the 36-year-old counted the day's takings.

A man entered and attacked Mrs Poll, who tried to escape through a back room but was stabbed to death in what police said was a vicious and sustained attack.

Australian Associated Press