Shaun Matthew Barker
Shaun Matthew Barker

No bail in Gympie forestry dumping case

THE case of three men accused of murdering Gold Coast man Shaun Matthew Barker and dumping his body in forestry near Gympie will stay in Brisbane Magistrates Court until next year.

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

Their matter was adjourned until February 9 next year.

Stephen Armitage was arrested in October at the Brisbane airport. Dean had been living in Highfields at the time of Mr Barker's death.

The three men have been charged with murder, torture, deprivation of liberty and interfering with a corpse.

They cannot apply for bail in a magistrates court. Only a supreme court can grant bail for a murder charge.

Police will allege Mr Barker, who was last seen alive at a Broadbeach service station, was kidnapped before being bashed and tortured at a Cooloola Cove home and eventually murdered.

Forestry workers discovered Mr Barker's skull and other remains in the Toolara State Forest on April 10. According to police there were signs the body had been burnt.

The offences are alleged to have occurred between December 9 last year and January 1 this year.

Detectives have appealed to members of the public to come forward with information about the location or movements of a white 1983 model 80 Series Toyota Landcruiser station wagon, which at the time displayed Queensland registration 817SBZ.


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