Man shoots 2 dead at Sandalwood-Now fears for his own life


This has big ramifications in SA, as it ties in with a few other current cases under investigation and in the courts already folks…No wonder he didn’t seek bail. The 2 victims are yet to be “Officially” identified, have a few guesses what they were doing on that remote property

POLICE have charged a man with the murders of two men

THE identity of the alleged Murray Mallee murderer has been suppressed to protect the police investigation – and to safeguard the accused.

1 May 2012

The man, 43, appeared in the Adelaide Magistrates Court this morning.

house on Jim Jolly Rd, Sandalwood

Magistrate Joseph Baldino remanded the man in custody until July 17.

He was arrested at the Adelaide Police Station yesterday after making a triple-zero call to report a shooting at a house on Jim Jolly Rd, Sandalwood.

Police who attended the scene subsequently found the bodies of two men, believed to be in their 30s, who had died from gunshot wounds.

Today Dianne Clarke, prosecuting, asked the name and image of the accused man be suppressed.

She said the police investigation was “in its very early stages” and the crime scene “requires a lot of work”.

“Police do not want their efforts prejudiced by this man’s identity being published,” she said.

“I’ve also been instructed that the identities of the alleged victims have not yet been established.

“There is concern that, once that has been completed, those names will circulate and there will be further ramifications.”

She said police feared publication of the man’s name alone would jeopardise their work.

“It will be alleged that the current crime is not the only crime scene in this investigation,” she said.

“Members of the public will be unaware they are about to be spoken to in order to help determine this accused’s whereabouts.

THE identity of the alleged Murray Mallee murderer has been suppressed to protect the police investigation - and to safeguard the accused.

“If his name is published, it’s not hard for someone to go onto social networking websites and find an image of him.”

She said there was an additional concern – the accused man’s safety.

“My understanding is he has made claims about that issue to police, who share those concerns,” she said.

Stephen Ey, for the man, supported the application.

He said his client would not be seeking release on bail.

“He has told police he was acting in self-defence, and that remains his position,” he said.

“He also has some outstanding matters, in the Magistrates and District Courts, that are the subject of trial.

“In the interests of the administration of justice, his name should be suppressed.”

Magistrate Joseph Baldino imposed the suppression order and remanded the man in custody until July.

The 43-year-old was arrested at the Adelaide Police Station about 11am yesterday after making a triple-zero call.

Police allege that he told them there had been a shooting at the Sandalwood farmhouse on Jim Jolly Rd and that two people were dead.

A police patrol sent to the property, about 40km north of Karoonda, found two men, believed to be in their 30s, dead at the property. One was found on the porch of the house and the other in the backyard.

Police said it appeared they had died from gunshot wounds.

Major Crime Detective Inspector Mark Trenwith said a shotgun and ammunition were found in the boot of a Toyota LandCruiser, with trade plates, that was abandoned in a Repco car park on South Rd at St Marys, more than 200km from the crime scene.

Investigators found a side-by-side double-barrelled shotgun underneath blankets and a pillow in the rear of the vehicle.

They also found what appeared to be a telescope inside the vehicle and beer bottles on the driver’s-side floor.

Insp Trenwith said the man had admitted to the shootings and police had not ruled out drugs as a motive.

“The male said there had been a shooting and there were two people dead at this (the man’s) property,” he said.

“There was an indication (during the police interview) that he would be saying that it was self-defence.”

He said forensic examiners would spend days combing the property. The farmhouse is about 15km from Loxton Rd on a dirt road.

An employee of the Repco store said there had been police everywhere when he arrived at work at 10am.

“Police really didn’t tell us anything about the car. It was just dumped there,” he said.

The LandCruiser was put on a truck and taken to the police compound at Ottoway.

More details are expected to emerge when the man, who was remanded in custody, appears in the Adelaide Magistrates Court today.

4 thoughts on “Man shoots 2 dead at Sandalwood-Now fears for his own life

  1. Just by the way – a totally different topic – but involving something at a chop, I mean cop shop – I went down there to see a man about a dog (LOL) – I was asked for personal info to verify who I was and what it was about – this includes my phone number – I finish bizzo there – I start getting blocked calls – and to cut a long story short – I got me a stalker from the local – he heard me gives number to the officer and put it into his phone – now I am getting calls 24 hrs a day.

    If anyone wants a stalker – there is a tip on where you can get one.

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  2. Now on this particular topic – this is what happens when our laws are so fukked we cannot unearth weapons acquisition operatives – put them – weapon less in a eo with a few victims driven paycho by loss as a result of crime – those operatives would leave that room horizontally on trolleys … Unless the psychos decide to chuck the bodies in the boot and drive the car over a cliff – but either way – they’d be stiff and horizontal.

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