Tag Archives: Murder

‘Pull yourself together,’ Tara Costigan’s sister told

Tara Costigan

“Yep you need to pull yourself together and help your sister.” These were among the words spoken by the Triple Zero Ambulance operator to Rikki Schmidt, the sister of Canberra mother Tara Costigan when she called the emergency line as Ms Costigan lay dying after her former partner, Marcus Rappel, had struck her with an [...]

Man to be extradited to NSW on murder charge

ACT Magistrates Court

A 36-year-old man has been taken into custody this afternoon following the murder of a man in Fairfield East, New South Wales, in December last year.
New South Wales police made a formal request for assistance from ACT Policing Criminal Investigations after reports the man was residing in the ACT.
Detectives located the man at an address [...]

Marc Urlich, 43, pleads not guilty to accessory to murder charges

Andrew Carville

A man who shares the same surname as the man accused of murdering Andrew Carville last November has pleaded not guilty in court this morning to charges he was an accessory to the murder after the fact.
Marc Urlich, 43, was charged in the ACT Magistrates Court this morning with assisting Milan Urlich, 28, between November [...]

Second arrest in Carville murder case

Andrew Carville

A 43-year-old Victorian man will face the ACT Magistrates Court on Monday charged with accessory to murder.
The man was arrested yesterday as an accessory after the fact to the murder of 52-year-old Andrew Carville (pictured), whose remains were located in Majura on 19 November, 2015. This follows Wednesday’s arrest of 28-year-old Kaleen man Milan Urlich [...]

Milan Urlich, 28, charged with Carville murder

Milan Urlich

Milan Urlich, 28, of Kaleen has been remanded in custody this morning after being charged with the murder of Evatt man Andrew Carville in November and the disposal of the 52-year-old’s body soon afterwards.
Urlich was charged with murdering Carville between November 3 and 6, 2015 and disposing of his body at Sutton Road, Majura [...]

Kaleen man, 28, to face murder charge in Carville case

Andrew Carville

A 28-year-old Kaleen man will face court tomorrow morning charged with the murder of 52-year-old Evatt man Andrew Carville last November.
The man was arrested this afternoon for the murder of Carville. Carville was reported missing from his Evatt home on November 5, 2015, with his remains located in Majura on November 19.
The police investigation [...]

Griffith man charged as an accessory to murder

ACT Magistrates Court

A 48-year-old Griffith man will face the ACT Magistrates Court this morning charged with accessory to murder.
The man has been charged as an accessory after the fact to the murder of a 46-year-old man. The victim’s body was found at Stuart Flats in Griffith on 29 February.
Earlier story: Griffith man charged with Stuart Flats murder
The [...]

Rappel pleads guilty to murder of Tara Costigan

Paul Costigan

More than a year after mother-of-three Tara Costigan died from wounds inflicted by an axe to her head while she held her one-week-old baby in her arms, Canberra man Marcus Rappel has this morning pleaded guilty to her murder. Family members including uncle Michael Costigan, pictured, looked on.
The young court official who read out the [...]

Griffith man charged with Stuart Flats murder

ACT Magistrates Court

A 40-year-old Griffith man, Scott Jamie Cole, faced the ACT Magistrates Court this morning charged with the murder of a 46-year-old man whose body was found at Stuart Flats in Griffith yesterday.
Cole was wearing a grey tracksuit and thongs, and had a long, straight red mark down the right side of his face – from [...]

Homicide Team issue description, call for help in Carville investigation

By 27 January 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Police mock-up based on witness sighting

ACT Policing’s Homicide Team are continuing to establish the movements of a male suspect on the night murdered Evatt man Andrew Carville went missing.
Mr Carville was last seen at his residence in Evatt at 9.30pm on 4 November 2015 and his body was located in Majura on 19 November 2015.
Detective Senior Constable Jarryd Dunbar of [...]

ACT man, woman suspects in murder of Andrew Carville

Andrew Carville

ACT Policing’s homicide team are focusing their investigations in the Andrew Carville murder case on two ACT resident suspects, a man and a woman, one of whom was Mr Carville’s housemate in Evatt.
Mr Carville (pictured) was last seen alive at his Evatt home at 9.30pm on 4 November 2015. His body was located in [...]

Man extradited from Batemans Bay following murder

Police wrap

A 27-year-old Bruce man has been extradited from New South Wales after members from ACT Policing travelled to Batemans Bay this morning (Friday, April 24).
A warrant was sworn for the man’s arrest in the ACT today for the murder of Daniela D’Addario.
An application for the man’s extradition was made to the Bateman’s Bay Magistrates Court [...]

Man faces court on murder charge

By 19 March 2015
Police wrap

A 34-year-old Gordon man will face the ACT Magistrates Court today (Thursday, March 19) charged with murder.
The man has been charged with murdering his 28-year-old wife and the mother of three children. The victim’s body was found at a Knoke St, Gordon residence in the early hours of Tuesday, March 17.
Police will allege the man [...]

Who killed Irma? 15th Anniversary of the Murder of Irma Palasics

By 7 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Yesterday (Thursday, November 6) marked 15 years since grandmother, Irma Palasics, was brutally murdered in her home in McKellar with police releasing further information they hope will assist in the cold case investigation.
Police have issued an image depicting a Reebok shoe believed to have been worn by one of the offenders involved in the murder [...]

Lyneham death now a homicide investigation

By 1 January 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE

ACT Policing has released an image of homicide victim Nicholas Sofer-Schreiber.
About 3.30pm on Saturday (December 28), police were called to a check-welfare at Mr Sofer-Schreiber’s residence in Hall Street, Lyneham.
Friends of Mr Sofer-Schreiber gained entry after seeing him on the floor, ACT Ambulance Service attended and police arrived a short time later.
The 27-year-old was found [...]

Taylor Lewis Schmidt gets 20 years for the Northbourne murder

By 9 December 2013

The ABC brings word that Taylor Schmidt, 22, will not be eligible for parole for the next 12 years for his role in the murder on Northbourne Avenue of Liang Zhao.
The 27-year-old victim was beaten to death with a baseball bat and a machete, and robbed of his mobile phone and $21.
Mr Zhao had [...]

Corey Martin eligible for parole in 2029 for killing Andre Le Dinh

By 16 October 2013

The ABC reports that the people’s hero Justice Neild has sent the murderous Corey Martin to the pokey for a long long time:
Martin admitted going to Le Dinh’s apartment where he said Mr Le Dinh started the fight when he asked for drugs on credit.
But Martin told the court he had only acted in [...]

Justice Refshauge cocks up sentencing Liang Zhao sentence

By 15 October 2013

The ABC has the depressing news that the sentence of the un-named teenage killer of Liang Zhao on Northbourne Avenue has been further reduced:
Last week in the ACT Supreme Court, Justice Richard Refshauge sentenced the 19-year-old offender to 17 years in jail.
But because he was a juvenile at the time of the murder he was [...]

Northbourne murderer gets 10 years

By 8 October 2013

The ABC has the news on the sentencing of a man who can’t be named because he was a juvenille when he brutally murdered Liang Zhao on Northbourne Avenue in 2011:
Today in the ACT Supreme Court, Acting Chief Justice Richard Refshauge sentenced the 19-year-old to 17 years jail.
But under ACT law he will be [...]

Gallagher and Corbell say it’s ok to use deadly force in self defence

By 5 August 2013

I came across a recent judgement by Justice Refshauge in a case where the accused,Joseph Shelvin was on trial for recklessly inflicting grievous bodily harm and assault occasioning actual bodily harm on Wayne Maloney. Shelvin was acquitted on the basis that the Crown had not disproved self-defence beyond reasonable doubt.
The incident occurred on 24 [...]

Half a million dollars if you crack the Grosvenor case

By 9 March 2013

ACT Policing is again reaching out to the Canberra community for information regarding the murder of Kathryn Gorsvenor 11 years ago today.
Detective Senior Constable Sarah Casey still holds the hope that the half-million dollar reward posted in September 2012 may provide a powerful incentive for potential witnesses to come forward.
“In March last year a witness [...]

Adam Bowhay back behind bars

By 28 February 2013

Word is coming in that murderer on the run escaped from Cooma Adam Bowhay is back in custody.

UPDATE: NSW Police Media have a report:
Police in the Snowy Region have recaptured a convicted murderer who escaped while on work release from Cooma Correctional Centre earlier this week.
Adam Bowhay, 34, was spotted by a member of the [...]

Murderer on the run. Avoid staring bald men with neck tats

By 26 February 2013

Police have launched a search for a prisoner who absconded while on a work release program in the state’s south this afternoon.
Cooma Correctional Centre inmate Adam Bowhay, 34, was with two other inmates at Snowy Oval in Cooma as part of a local work release program early this afternoon (Tuesday 26 February).
He fled the [...]

Kai Yuen pleads guilty to the Hughes shooting

By 18 February 2013

The ABC has word that the trial for the murder of Brendan Scott Walsh in 2010 has come to a speedier than expected conclusion:
The man accused of murdering Brendan Scott Walsh in Canberra’s south two years ago has pleaded guilty just a week out from his trial.
Mr Welsh was shot in the chest [...]

Eastman losing lawyers

By 15 February 2013

Lordy be it’s like the early 90s again.
The ABC is once again letting us know about turmoil in David Eastman’s legal team:
Today it has been revealed the ACT’s Director of Public Prosecutions has challenged the appearance of three key legal representatives.
Lawyer Terry O’Donnell is to stand aside because he may be called as a [...]

Still time to get the reward for the Winburn murder (and just do the right thing)

By 11 January 2013

ACT Policing Homicide detectives are appealing to Canberrans for information about the unsolved murder of Susan Winburn which occurred between January 12-13, 2004.
If information provided leads to an arrest and successful prosecution of Susan’s killer, it could result in the payment of a $500 000 reward.
Susan was 45 years old when her sister found her [...]

Hunting Irma’s killer

By 6 November 2012

Today (Tuesday, November 6) marks 13 years since grandmother, Irma Palasics, was brutally murdered at her home in McKellar.
ACT Policing Criminal Investigations Detectives from the Homicide team were outside the Woden Plaza this morning speaking with members of the public, in the hope someone can assist in identifying the teenagers present at an attempted aggravated [...]

Was Steven Hillier Guilty of murder?

By 16 September 2012

Recently the name Steven Hillier came up in conversation which prompted me look into the case in order to understand the reasoning as to why he was acquitted of the murder of Ana Louise Hardwick and whether it was justified. The only sources reasonably available to me were the following judgements and I therefore offer [...]

$2 million to hunt the cold case murders

By 7 September 2012 FEATURED ARTICLE

Simon Corbell has announced a big new push to crack outstanding murder cases in Canberra:
Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Simon Corbell, has today announced the ACT Government would provide $2 million in rewards to help ACT Policing secure a conviction in four of Canberra’s unsolved murder cases.
The four unsolved murder cases will now each [...]

Police linking 2010 robbery to a 1999 murder

By 29 August 2012 FEATURED ARTICLE

ACT Policing has uncovered important new information which indicates a possible link between two Canberra crime scenes, some 12 years apart, which may assist in solving the 1999 murder of McKellar woman Irma Palasics.
While the two crimes appear unrelated, police are releasing CCTV footage of an aggravated burglary which occurred in Phillip around 1.50am on [...]

Another Eastman inquiry

By 10 August 2012

The ABC has the exciting news that Canberra is going to have another inquiry into the murder conviction of David Harold Eastman:
Eastman is serving a life sentence for the murder of Australian Federal Police assistant commissioner Colin Winchester after a jury found him guilty in 1995.
Mr Winchester was shot dead near his home in [...]

Murder/manslaughter and self-defence in the ACT

By 21 June 2012

As some of you may be aware there was until recently a significant period in the ACT where those who had been charged with murder/manslaughter were not being convicted.The ACT Chief Justice Terrence Higgins was the trial judge in three such cases in recent years and all were acquitted on the basis of self-defence [...]

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