Mur­der trial lat­est

The Morning Bulletin - - NEWS -

ROCK­HAMP­TON Po­lice quickly de­ter­mined Robert Martinez and Chan­tal Bar­nett were likely murdered rather than miss­ing.

De­tec­tive Sergeant Si­mon Bar­clay, from the Rock­hamp­ton Crim­i­nal Branch, gave ev­i­dence on Thurs­day in a dou­ble mur­der trial in the Supreme Court in Rock­hamp­ton where Ian Robert Arm­strong and Daniel Ge­orge Hong have pleaded not guilty to mur­der­ing Mr Martinez and Ms Bar­nett.

Mr Martinez and Ms Bar­nett were last seen alive on March 2, 2013.

Sgt Bar­clay said in­quiries with banks, air­lines, trains, buses and Medi­care, along with other in­quiries, led po­lice to deem it a homi­cide case by the end of March 2013.

This was af­ter the car Mr Martinez had been driv­ing was lo­cated on Bowlin Rd, De­pot Hill, smashed up, and with clothes strewn in it.

Sgt Bar­clay said this was when po­lice divers con­ducted sev­eral searches in wa­ter­ways and rivers in the area.

They found Mr Martinez’s wal­let in a paddock on April 3.

MISS­ING: Rock­hamp­ton woman Chan­tal Bar­nett and Robert Martinez.

Photo: Con­trib­uted

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