Mur­der ac­cused in court

Stirling Times - - News -

A 31-year-old man has ap­peared in Perth Mag­is­trates Court charged with mur­der­ing a Dou­ble­view woman whose body was found in a bush grave.

Julie Anne Cooper (55) last spoke to fam­ily on Au­gust 17 when she ad­vised she would be out of con­tact for two weeks.

Po­lice un­cov­ered the body of the Dou­ble­view woman in Ashen­don on Thurs­day.

Mathew Mark Hem­s­ley (31) ap­peared in Perth Mag­is­trates Court on Fri­day charged with Ms Cooper’s mur­der but was not re­quired to en­ter a plea.

He was re­manded in cus­tody to ap­pear in Stir­ling Gar­dens Mag­is­trates Court on Septem­ber 26.

Po­lice said on Thurs­day they were search­ing for Ms Cooper’s sil­ver 2006 Toy­ota Camry sedan, which had regis­tra­tion plates 1CGT 526, but different plates might now be fit­ted.

“We be­lieve that those plates have been changed,” De­tec­tive Se­nior Sergeant Manus Walsh said.

“Her car, we be­lieve, was in the pos­ses­sion of some­one else who has been pos­si­bly in­volved in what may have been a law­ful trans­ac­tion. There’s been an ex­change that has led to that ve­hi­cle go­ing to some­one else.”

He said the per­son might not know they had Ms Cooper’s ve­hi­cle.

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