Alleged murderers on theft charges

TWO brothers accused of the murder of Bilambil Heights man Luke Ogilvie faced Lismore Local Court this week over the theft of the victim's motorcycle.

Benjamin Biffin, 31, who pleaded not guilty to Ogilvie's murder in the Supreme Court last month, is also charged with assault with intent to rob in company and cause grievous bodily harm, destroy property in fire in company, larceny and steal property from dwelling.

He was remanded in custody.

Similar charges against his younger brother, Andrew Biffin, 28, who also pleaded not guilty in the Supreme Court to murdering Mr Ogilvie, were withdrawn and dismissed.

He was granted conditional bail.

The brothers are accused of murdering Luke Ogilvie in Bilambil Heights in March last year and setting Ogilvie's caravan on fire to cover up the crime.

Two other men, Nicholas McCulloch and Graham Smith, were also charged with the murder.

During a committal hearing in Lismore in September, defence lawyer Craig Smith alleged Ogilvie was involved in the manufacture of drugs and argued the fire could have been the result of a clandestine drug lab explosion - a claim he said was supported by equipment found at the residence, though an investigator testified there was not enough glass in the area to indicate such an explosion.



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