The West Australian

Re­mote mur­der sting ar­rest

- PHIL HICKEY

A spe­cial­ist team of po­lice of­fi­cers us­ing high-tech equip­ment were as­sem­bled in the Gold­fields re­gion this week which even­tu­ally led to the dra­matic ar­rest of a man for the mur­der of his part­ner.

Damian Ric­tor, 37, pic­tured, ap­peared in the Perth Mag­is­trate’s Court yes­ter­day charged with mur­der.

It was un­der­stood he was in a de-facto re­la­tion­ship with the woman.

The charge of mur­der read to him yes­ter­day al­leges he mur­dered the 35-year-old woman be­tween Novem­ber 9 and 10 at Boul­der.

Her name was not read for cul­tural rea­sons.

Her body was found at Boul­der Camp in South Boul­der on Sun­day. It’s be­lieved she was from the re­mote WA town of Tjun­tjun­t­jara, about 700km east of Kal­go­or­lie. Wear­ing a West Coast Ea­gles polo shirt Mr Ric­tor, whose arm was in a sling, was not re­quired to plead. He was re­manded in cus­tody. It’s un­der­stood a spe­cial­ist team was as­sem­bled to wait for Mr Ric­tor on the out­skirts of Tjun­tjun­t­jara on Sun­day and Mon­day. Po­lice had been hunt­ing for him for a week since the al­leged mur­der took place.

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