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Detective hopes the parents of a Sanctuary Point murder victim feel some sort of justice after two arrests

 

 

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Homicide Squad, Detective Chief Inspector Wayne Walpole, thanked members of the public for their support and information provided to police following an appeal for information into the murder of 49-year-old David McArthur.

At about 8 pm on Sunday 25 July 2021, emergency services were called to a caravan park on Ethel Street at Sanctuary Point, following reports of a stabbing.

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Upon arrival, officers entered a cabin and located David McArthur with a stab wound to his chest.

Officers attempted CPR however, he could not be revived and died at the scene.

A second man has been charged with murder following an investigation by Homicide Squad detectives.

The 41-year-old Nowra man was refused bail when he appeared before Nowra local court last week.

On Wednesday, October 20, detectives attended a correctional facility at Silverwater and charged a 39-year-old man with murder.

He remains before the courts.

“Detectives have worked tirelessly to put those responsible for David’s murder before a court, however the resulting arrests this week would not have been possible without the Sanctuary Point community’s ongoing assistance,” Det Ch Insp Walpole said.

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He said, “David died because of an unnecessary act of violence and I’m hopeful his extended family and his parents, Susan and Stuart, feel as though some justice has taken place this week.”

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Investigations under Strike Force Frawley continue.

Anyone with information that may assist investigators is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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Homicide detectives search Sanctuary Point Boat Ramp and release CCTV vision regarding David McArthur murder

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Homicide Squad detectives investigating the stabbing murder of a man at a Sanctuary Point caravan park have released CCTV vision of a person and vehicle and commenced a coordinated search of waters at Sanctuary Point.

At about 8 pm on Sunday 25 July 2021, emergency services were called to a caravan park on Ethel Street at Sanctuary Point, following reports of a stabbing.

Upon arrival, officers entered a cabin and located 49-year-old David McArthur with a stab wound to his chest.

Officers attempted CPR on the man; however, he could not be revived and died at the scene.

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Strike force detectives returned to the South Coast to conduct a public appeal for information as part of ongoing investigations.

Acting on information, Homicide Squad detectives, assisted by officers from South Coast Police District, coordinated a search of waters around the Sanctuary Point Boat Ramp on Wednesday, October 13.

They removed potential evidence discovered among rocks for further examination.

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Police also released CCTV vision of a utility and person at the Sanctuary Point boat ramp on the night of David’s death.

Homicide Squad, Detective Chief Inspector Wayne Walpole, said the search formed part of investigations being conducted throughout the week.

“Today we have canvassed the waters around Sanctuary Point Boat Ramp, a location searched by investigators soon after David’s murder back in July,” Det Ch Insp Walpole said.

“We have also reviewed CCTV from the area, which depicts a utility and an unknown person at the location about 8pm on Sunday 25 July 2021.

“Investigators don’t believe the person or persons in this utility were involved in the murder of David McArthur, however, they may have crossed paths with those in the offending vehicle and we’re keen to speak with them," he said.

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Detective Chief Inspector Walpole said, “We now have several new lines of inquiry which we are exploring.

"Our door remains open to anyone who wishes to speak with us and help David’s family get the answers they deserve," he said.

Investigations under Strike Force Frawley are continuing.

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Jailed 14 years for frenzied Nowra murder

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A Sydney man who murdered a frail friend, stabbing him 52 times in his own home has been jailed for at least 14 years.

Luke Close, 34, was found guilty in August of murdering Garry Welsh, 63, in February 2018 at his Nowra unit on NSW's south coast, following a judge-alone trial.

Close had attended Mr Welsh's home in search of drugs, Justice Richard Button told the NSW Supreme Court on Friday, but became "overwhelmed with frustration and resentment" when he couldn't find any.

Justice Button found Close was "grossly intoxicated" with alcohol and various drugs before, during and after the homicide and that the fatal acts had "a flavour of frenzy to them"".

"The tragic death of that defenceless old man was prompt, but by no means instantaneous," Justice Button said.

"It was terrifying and excruciatingly painful. Although the offender was indeed grossly intoxicated and in a frenzy that went beyond rationality, he surely at some stage of the attack appreciated that he was bringing about the death of his victim."

Mr Welsh's distraught mother earlier said she had suffered from "broken heart syndrome" over the murder.

"I had already lost an adult son to an illness, but to lose another in the most cruel and vicious way was very hard to accept," Pat Welsh said in her victim impact statement tendered to the court.

Close's partner had referred to the two men as being "drug buddies".

Although it was accepted he had no memory of the stabbing, Close pleaded guilty to the less serious charge of manslaughter which was not accepted by the Crown.

Close had forcefully inserted a knife or knives into "a frail old man, who must have been bleeding copiously as a result" and also inflicted many other injuries by violence.

The family did not learn of the extent of her son's injuries sustained in the "very cruel and frenzied attack" until just before the start of Close's trial.

"I can't for the want of trying erase that vision from my head. It's with my day and night," she said.

Her daughter, Kim Gough, said she didn't know how anyone could do what Close did to her big brother.

"I don't believe that they were mates. Garry was just being used and that makes me very angry and sad," she said.

Close wrote a letter of apology to his victim's family and friends, saying he was sorry for "the pain and heartache he had caused".

In the letter, tendered to the court, he said he hoped they could forgive him one day.

While he couldn't imagine the grief and sadness he had caused them, he said he did compare it to when he lost his mother which was "the worst feeling I've felt in my entire life".

Close was handed a total sentence of 21 years in prison.

He will eligible for parole in February 2033.

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Man charged for Illawarra murder

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Lake Illawarra Police have charged a man with murder and armed robbery following last Saturday's fatal car crash at Albion Park Rail.

Daniel Merritt died in the crash after the Ford he was travelling in slammed into a petrol tanker on the Princes Highway.

Inquiries suggest the Ford Territory was being pursued by another vehicle, a silver Toyota Corolla, at the time of the crash.

The 34-year-old man was arrested along with a woman on the Central Coast yesterday.

Lake Illawarra detectives travelled to Gosford following the arrests.

The woman's been charged with a number of offences over unrelated matters including assault Police and shop lifting.

They've both been refused bail and will front Gosford Local Court today.

Darren Butler who's also wanted for murder over the fatal crash is still on the run along with Holly Green.

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The public are urged not to approach them but instead call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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Second man arrested over the stabbing murder of Sanctuary Point man David McArthur

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A second man has been arrested over the stabbing murder of Sanctuary Point man David McArthur.

On Wednesday, October 20 detectives attended a correctional facility at Silverwater and charged a 39-year-old man with murder.

He remains before the courts.

Following further inquiries, a search warrant was executed at a home in Nowra about 7.30 am today.

During a search of the property, detectives seized a vehicle and clothing which will undergo further forensic examination.

A 41-year-old man was arrested at the property and taken to Nowra Police Station where it’s expected he will be charged with murder.

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

Upon arrival, officers entered a cabin and located 49-year-old David McArthur with a stab wound to his chest.

Officers attempted CPR  however he could not be revived and died at the scene.

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Third person arrested over Sanctuary Point murder

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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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Woman charged with murder - Nowra

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It follows the death of a man in a domestic-related stabbing in Nowra.

About 6.35pm (Friday 6 November 2020), emergency services were called to a unit on Shoalhaven Street, Nowra, following reports of a stabbing.

Upon arrival, officers attached to South Coast Police District found a 27-year-old man suffering a stab wound to his chest and performed CPR until the arrival of NSW Ambulance paramedics.

The man was airlifted to St George Hospital, where he later died.

A 21-year-old woman was arrested at the scene and taken to Nowra Police Station.

She has been charged with murder (DV) and refused bail to appear at Wollongong Local Court today (Saturday 7 November 2020).

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