Murder accused ordered to give DNA sample, co-accused on new charges
POLICE have obtained permission to collect a forensic sample from a Wangaratta man accused of murder.
Phillip Dunn, 59, was arrested on Wednesday, September 5 and charged with the murder of 34-year-old Nathan Day (left) on or about July 26.
In Wangaratta Magistrate’s Court on Monday, Magistrate Ian Watkins granted police’s application to obtain a forensic sample from Dunn to assist in their investigation.
Dunn appeared silent and crossing his hands via video link during the proceedings.
Darcy McNamara, 42, who is also charged with murdering Mr Day, also appeared at court on Monday facing unrelated charges of affray and act in a disruptive manner in a police jail.
The matters were adjourned to February 14 to coincide with the murder committal hearing.
McNamara and Dunn were apprehended as part of an investigation into the disappearance of Mr Day, who was last seen at Morrell Street in Wangaratta at about 1pm on July 26.
Officers tragically discovered the victim’s body buried in a garden during a search of a Ryan Avenue property.
Anyone who saw any suspicious behaviour in the Ryan Avenue and Morrell Street area on or about July 26 or who has information about Mr Day’s movements on the day he was last seen is urged to contact police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.