NZer charged with drug-debt murder

  • 23/02/2016
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By Ed Jackson

Australian police have crossed state borders searching for the body of a father who was allegedly murdered over a drug debt by a New Zealand national and two others.

A property in the northern NSW town of Casino is being searched for the remains of Greg Dufty, 37, who was last seen on the Gold Coast, Queensland in July last year.

It's alleged the father-of-two was murdered over a drug debt.

Three men - New Zealand national Aaron Crawford along with Lionel Patea and Liam Bliss - have all faced court charged with Mr Dufty's murder.

A fourth man, Clinton Stockman, faced Southport Magistrates Court on Monday charged with accessory to murder.

Police allege Stockman, 28, helped dispose of Mr Dufty's body.

At a bail hearing for Crawford in December, the Supreme Court heard Crawford allegedly drove Mr Dufty into the Gold Coast hinterland to bash him up as retribution after he found out he had stolen cannabis.

It's then alleged Crawford and his co-accused beat Mr Dufty to death before disposing of his body.

Stockman was listed as an eyewitness during the bail application and the court heard Crawford had allegedly threatened his partner and children with harm if he divulged any of the events of that evening.

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