Two arrested over fatal house fire
FOUR people have been charged with murder and refused bail over the death of a man in a house fire in Bilambil in March.
The remains of 50-year-old Luke Ogilvie were discovered by police after fire destroyed his home in Urliup Road, Bilambil, in the early hours of March 26 this year.
Police from Tweed Byron Local Area Command, with the assistance of State Crime Command’s Homicide Squad, established Strike Force Daruk to investigate the circumstances surrounding Mr Ogilvie’s death.
Following extensive investigations, police today arrested a 30-year-old man and a 24-year-old man in Tweed Heads. They were taken to Tweed Heads Police Station where they were charged with murder, robbery in company and destroy property by fire.
They were refused bail to appear in Tweed Heads Local Court today.
A 28-year-old man who was already in custody was charged with the same offences and will also appear at Tweed Heads Local Court today.
On Friday, a 26-year-old man was taken from a correctional facility in Kempsey to Kempsey Police Station where he was subsequently charged with murder in relation to the matter. Further charges are expected to be laid against that man.
He is also due to appear today at Kempsey Local Court.
Detective Inspector Shane Diehm praised the determination of the investigators involved in Strike Force Daruk.
“The professionalism and determination shown by the Tweed/Byron detectives and State Crime Command’s Homicide Squad in this case is outstanding.”
“The investigation will be ongoing and anyone with any information at all relating to the murder of Luke Ogilvie is encouraged to come forward and contact police through Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000”, Detective Inspector Diehm said.