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NSW officer charged with double murder


An off-duty NSW Police officer has been charged with two counts of murder following an investigation into the suspicious disappearance of two men in the Eastern Suburbs.

Strike Force Ashfordby was formed by detectives from the State Crime Command’s Homicide Squad after possessions belonging to the missing men – former TV presenter, Jesse Baird and his partner, Luke Davies – were found in a skip bin on Wilbar Avenue at Cronulla on Wednesday morning.

Detectives arrested 28-year-old Beau Lamarre-Condon – a senior constable attached to a specialist command – after he attended Bondi Police Station about 10.30am today.

He was transferred to Waverley Police Station and charged with two counts of murder.

Police allege the officer killed the two men at Mr Baird’s Paddington home in Sydney’s inner-east sometime between 12am and 5.30am on Tuesday morning and then used a hired white van to transport and dispose of their bodies.

Missing: Luke Davies (left) and Jesse Baird.

“Through the evidence that’s been located to date, both the items in the skip bin that had blood on them and certain identification and other items and through the examination of the crime scene at Paddington, where a large amount of blood was located, police also located a projectile at the premises which had been discharged and also a fired cartridge case,” said Homicide Commander, Detective Superintendent Danny Doherty.

“This has now been physically matched to a NSW Police firearm and forms part of the evidence for the alleged facts to face court for this 28-year-old man.”

The gun was checked back into a Sydney police station on Tuesday.

The bodies of the two victims have not yet been located.

“It’s really important that we do locate the bodies, not only for the cause of death but the answers for the family because they are still grieving and are starting to grieve now,” said Det Supt Doherty.

The officer faced Waverley Local Court today where he was refused bail to reappear on April 23.

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