Father and son fugitives Gino and Mark Stocco have been charged with multiple offences, including murder, following their arrest yesterday.
The 58 and 36-year-old pair were caught in NSW’s central west after eight years on the run and a manhunt that stretched across four states. After the arrest, police found a man’s body on the Dunedoo property; he was reportedly shot three times and buried in a shallow grave. Formal identification of the body is yet to occur, but it is believed to be 68-year-old caretaker Rosario Cimone, who was reported missing on October 8 by his daughter. The pair did not apply for bail and their trial has been adjourned until January next year.
Man charged with the murder of Karlie Pearce-Stevenson
Daniel James Holdom, 41, has been charged with the murder of Karlie Pearce-Stevenson after he was arrested in Cessnock at around 4pm yesterday. Police have said they believe Pearce-Stevenson, whose remains were discovered in Belanglo State Forest in 2010, was killed during December 2008. Police are still investigating the murder of Pearce-Stevenson’s daughter Khandalyce, whose body was found in a suitcase alongside a South Australian highway this year. Earlier this week it was revealed the family of Pearce-Stevenson believed her and Khandalyce were alive and well until only recently, with an unknown person accessing her bank account and using her phone to contact relatives after her death. The man was refused bail and is expected to appear at the Maitland Local Court today.
Queensland to expect more storms
Queensland can expect more storms as they attempt to repair the damage caused by the storm “supercells” that hit the state’s south east this week. Sixty calls were made to Queensland Fire and Emergency Services, with reports of “ankle-deep hail and ‘rivers of ice'” after Chinchilla copped “golf ball sized hail”. Weather Bureau forecaster Dan Narramore said this week’s “supercell” travelled over 200km and had wind speeds of over 100km/hr. The Bureau of Meteorology has warned residents in the state’s west to prepare for more severe storms to form later this week. The clean-up bill is currently estimated to reach at least $1 million.
Amnesty alleges Australian officials paid off boat crew
Peter Dutton has rejected an Amnesty International report that claims Australian officials committed a transnational crime by engaging in people smuggling. The report states Australian officials allegedly paid the crew of an asylum seeker boat to return to Indonesia after it was intercepted in international waters during May this year. Mr Dutton said Amnesty had “cast a slur on the men and women of the Australian Border Force and Australian Defence Force”. It is reported that officials intercepted the boat, carrying 65 passengers in addition to six crew and Indonesian officials, twice during May. During the second encounter, the asylum seekers allegedly boarded the Australian Border Force vessel after being promised an opportunity to bathe. Those on board the ship said they were then held in cells for several days before being split and placed on two small boats travelling back to Indonesia. Reports say government officials paid $AU32,000 for the crew to return the passengers to Indonesia.
Police charge man with murder and rape of 11-year-old Wangaratta girl
Bowe Maddigan, 29, of Mildura has been charged with the murder and rape of 11-year-old Zoe Buttigieg in Wangaratta. The girl’s body was found in her bedroom by her mother on Sunday morning, following a party held at the family’s home on Saturday night. The man has been held in custody in the local hospital’s psychiatric ward after he was found by police behaving erratically alongside the Hume Highway on Sunday morning at about 6am. The man faces three offences, including murder and the penetration of a child under 16. He is due to appear at the Wangaratta Magistrate’s Court today. – Compiled from online news sources by Amber Greasley.
Top photo of the Stocco’s arrest from NSW Police Media’s Twitter account.