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Second murder accused refused bail


Nowra's Dean Vimpani, 41, has been refused bail in Nowra Local Court today after being charged with murdering David McArthur of Sanctuary Point.

Vimpani appeared before Magistrate Lisa Viney via audio-visual link, as his lawyer Brett Ford argued for bail.

He said there were exceptional circumstances because Vimpani lived with his mother who had emphysema and was about to be released from hospital following a battle with COVID-19, had full-time custody of an eight-year-old child, was undergoing regular counselling for PTSD and monthly painkilling injections after breaking his back two years ago.

Mr Ford also said COVID delays to the legal system meant Vimpani could be behind bars for a long time before having a chance to defend the charges.

However Magistrate Viney said any time in custody awaiting trial would be small compared to the time Vimpani would serve if convicted.

She also noted the strength of the prosecution case before refusing bail, and ordering Vimpani to reappear before the court on December 21.

Vimpani was arrested earlier in the day after police executed a search warrant at a Nowra home.

During the search detectives seized a vehicle and clothing for forensic examination.

Detective Chief Inspector Wayne Walpole from the Homicide Squad said more arrests were expected.

Vimpani was the second person charged over Mr McArthur's killing.

Earlier in the week police  arrested 39-year-old Raymond Allen of Nowra and charged him with Mr McArthur's murder.

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Third person arrested over Sanctuary Point murder


A third man has been charged over the murder of Sanctuary Point man David McArthur.

Emergency services were called to a caravan park in Ethel Street, Sanctuary Point, about 8pm on July 25 following reports of a stabbing.

They found 49-year-old Mr McArthur on the floor of his cabin near the doorway, suffering a single stab wound to his chest.

Officers attempted CPR, but Mr McArthur could not be revived and died at the scene.

After detectives from the State Crime Command’s Homicide Squad took charge of the investigation under Strike Force Frawley, two men were charged over their alleged involvement in the murder and remain before the courts.

Following further inquiries, a 42-year-old man was arrested in Nowra about 7.30am Tuesday.

He was taken to Nowra Police Station and charged with concealing a serious indictable offence.

Police allege the man attended the caravan park with two other men on the night of the alleged murder, and subsequently failed to assist investigators looking into the 49-year-old man’s death.

The Nowra man has been refused bail to appear at Nowra Local Court today.

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