Man in court over alleged murder crime scene clean-up
An aircraft engineer dubbed The Cleaner is accused of flying interstate after a drug debt murder before dumping a body stuffed in a metal cabinet in a creek, a court has heard.
Charles Dennis Le Marcha Turnbull was on bail in Queensland and South Australia when he was arrested on the NSW warrant in Brisbane.
The 33-year-old appeared in Brisbane Magistrates Court on Thursday charged with being an accessory after the fact to murder.
The victim Darcy Schafer-Turner was an alleged drug supplier accused of owing thousands of dollars to two people who lured him to a Peakhurst NSW unit on April 27, police prosecutor Eddie Fraser said.
Two people are accused of luring Mr Schafer-Turner to a Peakhurst, NSW unit on April 27.
That was where the 22-year-old was last seen alive.
"It will be alleged (Turnbull) was called to New South Wales to assist as 'The Cleaner'," Mr Fraser told the court.
He flew to Sydney on April 29 where he allegedly made two trips - the second in Schafer-Turner's ute - to Bunnings Warehouse to buy items such as duct tape, cleaning materials, chlorine and a metal cabinet.
Police allege the cabinet containing the body wrapped in plastic and tape was put on the victim's white single cab, covered in a tarpaulin, and parked overnight while Turnbull stayed at a hotel.
The following day he allegedly dumped the body in the middle of Warrell Creek before driving to Queensland in the victim's car towing a boat he bought for cash in Port Macquarie.
A cabinet containing the body has been found and police recovered the boat in Brisbane, but the victim's ute is missing.
Mr Fraser told the court Turnbull made admissions after his arrest about flying to NSW with the intention of helping with the crime scene clean-up and body disposal.
"The defendant stated he was in debt related to drugs and his assistance was motivated by clearing some of that debt".
The court heard Turnbull was on bail for offences including money laundering and trafficking in South Australia, and drug-related and weapons charges in Queensland.
Lawyer Helen Shilton said Turnbull was an aircraft engineer running four businesses employing 15 people, although police claimed he was unemployed.
Magistrate John Costanzo ordered extradition proceedings be suspended until after Turnbull's Queensland charges are finalised.
The father of two was remanded in custody, after having been granted bail in the Brisbane Supreme Court on the Queensland charges in December.