Nyngan killer charged with two murders

Nyngan killer charged with two murders

The man charged with the murder of two people on a rural property in rural NSW has been denied bail and remanded in custody.

The body of 28-year-old Jacob Cumberland was found on Friday on a property at Hermidale, near Nyngan, where the body of his 59 year old father Stephen was also found.

A 36-year-old woman whose name has not been released, was also found dead from gunshot wounds.

61-year-old Allan Geoffrey O’Connor has fbeen charged with the murder of the woman, who he was reportedly in a relationship with, and Jacob Cumberland.

He was due to front Dubbo Local Court this morning but did not appear in person – he did not apply for bail and it was formally refused.

But Acting Police Superintendent Andrew Hurst says Stephen Cumberland’s cause of death is still be investigated.

“The body of the third person will undergo a post mortem to determine the cause of the death,” he said.

He says police are still investigating the motive behind the killings.

“I can’t speculate on the motive but I can say that investigators believe the 61-year-old-man and the 36-year-old-woman were previously involved in a domestic relationship,” he said.

O’Connor is due to appear in court again on August 20.

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