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Man charged with murder over death of rough sleeper in Tweed Heads

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Detectives have charged a man with the murder of a homeless man whose body was found in a Tweed Heads park last week.

Emergency services were called to Jack Evans Boat Harbour Park on Coral Street about 11am  on November 22, after a couple walking their dog found the man’s body in a sleeping bag.

The deceased was subsequently identified as a 56-year-old man, believed to have been sleeping in the park.

Officers from the Tweed-Byron Police District established a crime scene and initiated an investigation – Strike Force Thurralilly – assisted by detectives from State Crime Command’s Homicide Squad.

Following the investigation, a 34-year-old man was arrested as he got off a bus in Wharf Street, Tweed Heads, at about 3.15pm yesterday (November 26).

He was taken to Tweed Heads Police Station where he has now been charged with murder.

The man has been refused bail to appear in Tweed Heads Local Court later today (November 27).


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