Case adjourned for men accused of dumping body in forest

THE case of three men accused of murdering Gold Coast man Shaun Matthew Barker and dumping his body in forestry near Tin Can Bay has been adjourned for two months.

Cooloola Cove men Stephen John Armitage, 45 and his son Matthew Leslie Armitage, 22, along with Gold Coast man William Frances Dean, 37, had their matter mentioned briefly on Monday in the Brisbane Magistrates Court.

The three men were not present in court.

Police allege the three men abducted Mr Barker from a Gold Coast service station, stuffed him into an esky and tortured him over a number of days at Tin Can Bay until his death sometime between December 9, 2013 and January 1, 2014.

Mr Barker's body was subsequently located in a forestry plantation off Cooloola Coast Rd at Tin Can Bay on April 10 last year.

All three men have been charged with murder, torture and deprivation of liberty.

A prosecutor told the court the Crown needed a two-month adjournment so more pathology tests could be carried out.

She said it was an extremely complex matter and there needed to be further analysis before the pathology report was finalised.

Lawyers for the men did not object to the adjournment.

Magistrate Noel Nunan listed the case for mention on April 7.

- APN Newsdesk

 


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