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Three men arrested over murder of Crown witness

A TWEED Heads man is among three men who have been arrested and charged over the shooting death of a Crown witness three years ago.

Gemahl Maika, 38, was a Crown witness in relation to Operation Schoale - a NSW Police Force investigation into a multi-million dollar cocaine supply syndicate.

He was found dead with a number of gunshot wounds on the front lawn of his home in Nepean Towers Avenue, Glen Alpine, on April 6 2011.

Following investigations into Mr Maika's death, yesterday police arrested three men: a 33-year-old man from Tweed Heads, a 29-year-old man from Peakhurst, and a 46-year-old man from Sydney.

The Tweed Heads man and the Peakhurst man have been charged with murder, with the latter man also charged with accessory before the fact to murder.

The Sydney man was charged with accessory before the fact to murder.

All three have been refused bail and are expected to appear in Parramatta Local Court today.

The Commander of the Homicide Squad, Detective Superintendent Mick Willing, commended Strike Force Hedgegrow detectives for their work.

"The dedication and sheer determination of the men and women working on this investigation has been exemplary," Detective Superintendent Willing said.

"As with all of our investigations, we are wholly committed to getting to the bottom of this case and providing some form of closure for Mr Maika's family and friends.

"As ever, we continue to encourage anyone with information that may assist our ongoing inquiries to contact Crime Stoppers."

The investigation by Strike Force Hedgegrow continues and more arrests are expected.

Police are urging anyone with information about this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page.

Topics:  crown, death, murder




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