28 June 2018

Third man charged with the murder of Rivett man Bobby Stuart Allan

| Lachlan Roberts
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The Rivett residence where Bobby Stuart Allan died. Photo: Ian Bushnell.

ACT Police have arrested and charged a third man for the murder of Bobby Stuart Allan, who was killed in Rivett on 17 December last year.

Mr Allan, 48, was found dying on his neighbour’s doorstep in Rivett last December after being violently assaulted. He had gone to the Goodenia Street residence for help in the early hours of 17 December.

Police were called to the residence about 5:25 am and attempted to give first aid to the injured man. ACT Ambulance Services arrived and treated the man but he died at the scene, just metres away from his home.

ACT police said they had reached “a significant milestone” in their investigation, arresting Graeme Vickerstaff, 46, on Wednesday (27 June) at his home for his alleged involvement in the murder.

The Narrabundah man will appear before the ACT Magistrates Court on Thursday afternoon (28 June), charged with murder.

Detective Superintendent Scott Moller said that drugs had been established as a motivation for the alleged murder, but would not elaborate further.

Superintendent Moller also said police had not identified and had not spoken to the woman Mr Allan was seen with at Kingsley’s Weston Creek at 8:25 pm on the night before he died.

While the investigation remains ongoing, ACT Police say no further arrests are anticipated.

Colin Maxwell Booth, 33, and Dean Phillip Welsh, 49, were charged earlier this year for their alleged involvement in the murder. Both have pleaded not guilty to the charges and have been remanded in custody.

Superintendent Moller thanked the Canberra community for information it had provided so far, which he said had been instrumental in the investigation, but urged anyone who has further information to come forward.

“I appeal to any witnesses who have previously been reluctant to come forward, to reconsider, given the development of this investigation today,” he said.

If you 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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