Quentin Corrigan appears at Adelaide Court in alleged Ronan Davies murder

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Prosecutors have expressed confidence a post-mortem report in the case against alleged “babysitter” killer Quentin Corrigan will support their claim the man murdered toddler Ronan Davies while the little one was in his care.

Leah O’Donnell, appearing for the prosecution in the horrific case, asked magistrate Simon Wells to postpone the final charge determination hearing against Mr Corrigan to allow for more expert analysis into the injuries and final moments of Ronan’s life.

“We received the post-mortem report of the deceased child on Thursday last week,” she said on Tuesday at Adelaide Magistrates Court.

“While that post-mortem report is consistent with our case, it does require additional explanation.

“There is an expert pediatrician, Dr Edwards, who required the post-mortem report to be finalised before she could then turn her mind to her expert report.

“Her expert report is effectively going to be crucial to causation of the quite significant number of injuries set out in the post-mortem report.”

Police have charged Mr Corrigan, a family friend of the Davies family, with murder, alleging the little boy suffered catastrophic internal injuries while in his care at his Glenelg North home.

Ronan’s father picked up the toddler from Mr Corrigan’s property.

Ronan was rushed to Adelaide’s Women’s and Children’s Hospital in an unconscious and critical condition about 6pm on June 7, 2023.

Police said the toddler had suffered critical head injuries and “other serious internal injuries”.

His injuries were not survivable and Ronan died two days later.

Mr Corrigan has been remanded in custody and he appeared before Mr Wells via videolink.

Mark Seddon, appearing for Mr Corrigan, said he did not oppose the prosecution’s request for an adjournment.

Mr Corrigan, who sports a tattoo on his left cheek that says “loyalty”, sat silently throughout proceedings.

In an interview with 7 News in July 2023 before his arrest, Mr Corrigan said Ronan’s death was an “accident”.

“He had slipped out of the pram and I picked him up and comforted him,” he said at the time.

Mr Wells set the next hearing for June 25.

“Further time required for the DPP to consider the post-mortem report and to obtain further expert evidence,” he said.