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Second man charged with Rivett murder

By Ian Bushnell 9 February 2018 0
The crime scene in Goodenia Street, Rivett. Photo: Ian Bushnell.

The crime scene in Goodenia Street, Rivett. Photo: Ian Bushnell.

Police have charged a second man with the murder of 48-year-old Rivett man Bobby Stuart Allan last December.

Colin Maxwell Booth, 33, was charged in the ACT Magistrates Court on Friday while appearing on unrelated matters. He was remanded in custody, and will next appear in court on 3 May.

A 49-year-old man, Dean Phillip Welshman, was previously charged with murder on 1 February 2018 and will next appear in court on 3 May.

Both have pleaded not guilty.

Superintendent Scott Moller said Booth was already in custody when arrested, and police expected to make more arrests.

Superintendent Moller said the two men charged so far were known to each other but would not elaborate on the relationship.

He did confirm that drugs were involved.

He said police were investigating a number of motives for the killing and looking at a number of other persons of interest.

CCTV footage, specifically from Kingsley’s Chicken store in Weston, was a key part of the investigation and he urged anyone with any information related to that to contact police.

ACT Policing said in a statement that police had identified possible motives for the murder including that it was a robbery gone wrong, or a consequence of jealousy, and were keen to hear from anyone that could assist with this aspect of the investigation.

Bobby Allan’s distinctive red and white Ford Falcon utility has also been at the centre of the police investigation.

Police said the woman depicted with Bobby in previously released CCTV footage from Kingsley’s Chicken was suspected of being involved in removing his car from his Rivett residence to the Fisher Shops, where police found it. This woman was the subject of ongoing police investigations.

Police also suspect this woman caught a taxi from Badimara Street, Fisher, to the Stuart Flats, Griffith, and called on members of the public who may have witnessed this woman acting suspiciously at either location on 17 December 2017 to contact them.

Bobby Stuart Allan was found dying in the front yard of  Rivett residence last December after being violently assaulted.

He had gone to the Goodenia Street residence for help in the early hours of  17 December. He was only a short distance from where he lived.

Superintendent Moller thanked the public for information it had provided so far, which he said had been instrumental in the investigation.

Police urged anyone who may have any information that could assist police to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or via the Crime Stoppers ACT website.

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