Mur­der ac­cused or­dered to give DNA sam­ple, co-ac­cused on new charges

Wangaratta Chronicle - - News -

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.


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