Stocco father and son to face court today after being charged with murder

Stocco father and son to face court today after being charged with murder

Two of Australia’s most wanted men have been charged with 34 different offences, including murder, after they were captured by police in Western NSW yesterday.

Father and son pair Gino and Mark Stocco have been on the run for 8 years and were wanted for crimes across three states, including NSW, Victoria and Queensland.

They were arrested at a property near Dunedoo, where the body of a 68 year old man was discovered in a shallow grave.

He is believed to be the caretaker of the property and was known to the Stocco’s- he had been missing since October 8.

The Stocco pair will appear in Dubbo local court this morning, charged with murder, dishonestly obtaining property by deception and police pursuit among a number of other charges.

Meanwhile police will return to the property as they continue the search for evidence, while authorities in Wagga Wagga are also searching for evidence, after the pair spent some time in the region this month.

COMMUNITY TIP OFFS LEAD TO ARREST

The charges come as more details are emerging about yesterday’s arrest in Elong Elong, just northwest of Dunedoo.

The pair was tracked to the property after a tip off from a local, who is believed to have spotted Mark Stocco in a local store.

Police also received a tip off from a family member of the caretaker, who was based in Sydney.

“It was in fact a member of the public that put the final piece together,” NSW Police Acting Assistant Commissioner Clint Pheeney told the ABC.

“Once the person who is now deceased was reported missing, that’s when our suspicions arose greatly that something may have happened to him on the property where they were arrested yesterday.”

Police say they expect further charges to be laid against the pair, by Victoria and Queensland police.

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