Sec­ond man charged over mur­der

The Free Press (Corowa) - - FRONT PAGE - BY ROBERT MUIR

A sec­ond man has been charged with the al­leged mur­der of Christo­pher Quirk, 41, in a Vera Street Corowa res­i­dence on Satur­day, March 10.

Heath Kevin Parkin­son, 33, ap­peared in the Al­bury Lo­cal Court on Thurs­day, March 29. No ap­pli­ca­tion for bail was made.

Mag­is­trate Rod­ney Bren­der ad­journed the mat­ter for a fur­ther men­tion in Al­bury on May 14, af­ter hear­ing from de­fence solic­i­tor Camille McKay.

Mr Bren­der or­dered that a Brief of Ev­i­dence in re­la­tion to Parkin­son’s sin­gle charge of mur­der, to which he has not en­tered a plea, be com­pleted by May 10.

Mr Quirk died af­ter al­legedly be­ing stabbed with a knife and be­ing hit with a base­ball bat.

Adam Den­nis Coats, 43, faced court two days later charged with Mr Quirk’s mur­der.

He is al­leged to have in­ter­vened in a fight be­tween Mr Quirk and Parkin­son.

Parkin­son was also in­jured in a ‘melee-style af­fray’ ac­cord­ing to Mur­ray River De­tec­tive In­spec­tor Win­ston Woodward. He was taken to Al­bury hospi­tal with stab wounds to his stom­ach, chest and shoul­der, and has been re­leased from hospi­tal into po­lice cus­tody.

“He did un­dergo ex­ten­sive surgery,” In­spec­tor Woodward said. “All par­ties are known to each other.

“We have our un­der­stand­ing of the mo­tives be­hind it. There could be sev­eral mo­tives as to the rea­son why.”

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