Man on mur­der charge

Gun­shot victim, 40, died from a small-cal­i­bre round to the chest

The Coffs Coast Advocate - - NEWS - jas­mine.min­has@coff­s­coas­tad­vo­ JAS­MINE MIN­HAS

IN­VES­TI­GA­TIONS into the dis­cov­ery of a de­ceased man in the back of a ute near Dor­rigo last month has led to the ar­rest of a 43-year-old Dun­durra­bin man.

The man was charged with the mur­der of the fel­low Dun­durra­bin man, 40, on Wed­nes­day night after po­lice ar­rested him in Park Ave.

He has been re­fused bail to ap­pear in court in Jan­uary.

Po­lice al­lege the de­ceased had been shot in the torso with a small-cal­i­bre firearm, which is yet to be lo­cated.

The mur­der case saw am­bu­lance per­son­nel dis­cover the body in the back of a woman’s ute while re­spond­ing to a 000 re­port of a car crash on Ar­mi­dale Rd at Dun­durra­bin on Oc­to­ber 18.

The 37-year-old woman had flagged down po­lice and was ar­rested at the scene.

She was re­leased by of­fi­cers hours later.

Po­lice al­lege an al­ter­ca­tion had taken place be­tween the two men lead­ing up to the shoot­ing, which is be­lieved to have taken place at a house on Ar­mi­dale Rd.

Fronting the me­dia on Thurs­day morn­ing, de­tec­tive In­spec­tor Se­nior Sergeant Peter O’Reilly said the de­ceased, the ac­cused and the woman were all known to each other.

He said the “ex­haus­tive” in­ves­ti­ga­tion dubbed Strike Force Lawren­cium in­volved the po­lice dog unit, divers and air wing as­sis­tance.

“The in­volve­ment of the fe­male and other peo­ple in the Dun­durra­bin area is sub­ject to fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tions,” SenSgt O’Reilly said.

“It’s been an ex­haus­tive in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the de­tec­tives and a lot of peo­ple have been spo­ken to.

“It’s pos­si­ble there were other peo­ple in the area at the time and we en­cour­age any­one with in­for­ma­tion about the shoot­ing to con­tact de­tec­tives in Coffs Har­bour or Crime Stop­pers.”

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