Chinderah murder case adjourned
ALL six people accused of involvement in the murder of known drug dealer Saaid Zaiter in a Tweed caravan park 18 months ago had their matters mentioned together for the first time in Lismore Local Court this week, with appearances by their various legal representatives.
In the Crown case Mr Zaiter, 47, is alleged to have been murdered inside cabin 136 at the Tweed Heritage Caravan Park, Chinderah, on December 16, 2008.
The burnt-out remains of his borrowed silver Land Rover Discovery was found beside the road at Barkers Vale at 5.30pm on the same day, causing an unsuccessful police and SES ground search of the surrounding area for any sign of the missing man.
Police documents before the court state Mr Zaiter was well-known to NSW Police for his involvement in organised large-scale manufacture and distribution of prohibited drugs between Sydney and Surfers Paradise. Mr Zaiter's remains were not discovered until earlier this year over a steep drop at The Pinnacle near Border Ranges National Park.
The six cases mentioned before the court this week were:
Ricky Leigh Humphries,27, Lismore, charged with murder.
Rodney Boyd White,43, of Chinderah, charged with murder.
Jessica Tess Birkensleigh, 23, of Chinderah and Craigieburn in Victoria, charged with being an accessory after the fact to murder; and being an accessory before the fact to murder. She is the girlfriend of White.
Todd Serone, 38, of Tweed Heads West, who is charged with being an accessory after the fact to murder and is accused of harbouring White. Seronealso faces drug charges including the supply of methylamphetamine and MDMA at Tweed Heads on May 6, 2009.
Matthew Grahame Warner, 26, of Lismore, is charged with being an accessory after the fact to murder. He is accused by police of harbouring/assisting White after the alleged murder.
Peter Elefsen, 37, of Kyogle, charged with being an accessory after the fact of murder. Elefsen, who is on bail, is accused of assisting White after the alleged murder.
Magistrate Robyn Denes adjourned the cases to August.