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
1 May 2012
The man, 43, appeared in the Adelaide Magistrates Court this morning.
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”.
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“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.
“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.