Fifth person charged in relation to 'murder'

A FIFTH person has been charged by police in connection with the alleged murder of suspected drug dealer Saaid Zaiter at Chinderah in December last year.

Peter John Elefsen, 37, of Green Pigeon Road, Green Pigeon, near Kyogle, appeared in Lismore Local Court yesterday. He was charged with being an accessory after the fact to murder.

He was arrested at his home on Wednesday afternoon by NSW Homicide Squad detectives, who also seized a Toyota Rav4 from the premises for forensic examination.

Elefsen's arrest follows rapid developments in the case in the past fortnight, with three people arrested in Lismore on Tuesday and the extradition of a man and a woman from Victoria on September 10.

One of the two Lismore men, Ricky Leigh Humphries, 26, was charged with murder.

His Ballina Road housemate, Matthew Grahame Warner, 25, was charged with being an accessory after murder. A woman, 42, was arrested along with the two men on an unrelated drugs charge.

Police have not yet released details of Mr Zaiter's alleged murder and a body has not been found.

However, police told Lismore Local Court this week that the burnt-out Land Rover Discovery had been loaned to Mr Zaiter by his niece and that Mr Zaiter had made no contact with family or friends, or accessed his bank accounts since the Land Rover was found.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Steve Gerrish told the court police believed Mr Zaiter was dead because of the burning of the vehicle and because blood spatters found in a Chinderah caravan park cabin matched his DNA.

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