Second charged over Chinderah murder
THE BODY has not been found but Lismore man Ricky Leigh Humphries has become the second man to be charged with murdering suspected drug dealer Saaid Zaiter, 47, at Chinderah on December 16 last year, with more details emerging on the murky puzzle in Lismore Local Court.
Humphries, 26, and his Ballina Street housemate Matthew Grahame Warner, 25, both appeared in custody yesterday - Warner charged with being an accessory after the fact to murder, alleged by police he knew Rodney Boyd White had committed the murder and later assisted him.
White, 47, was extradited from Victoria to Sydney last week and appeared in Central Local Court charged with Zaiter's murder.
White is believed to have been living in Chinderah at the time of the suspected homicide.
Prosecutor Sgt Steve Gerrish stated it was a very complicated case involving phone taps, interstate arrests and 120 witnesses, with other people of interest still at large.
Sgt Gerrish said blood evidence located in a cabin at Chinderah and the burning of a Land Rover indicated to police Zaiter was dead.
“Rodney White told him (Warner) he had murdered the victim and asked him to go back to the cabin and conceal evidence of that murder,” Sgt Gerrish said.
He said there was strong evidence of a 'cover-up' and that Warner went to the caravan park cabin where a carpet was removed which the prosecutor alleged held bloodstains, and inside the cabin cleaned-down.
Magistrate Michael Dakin described it as a circumstantial case with Mr Zaiter suspected of being involved in the manufacture and distribution of drugs between Sydney and the Gold Coast.
Mr Dakin refused bail and adjourned the matters to November 17.