Gino Stocco is taken into Dubbo police station. Photo: David MoirHow social media saw itFormer Wagga police chief warns against ‘glorification’ of StoccosGhastly new mystery as Gino and Mark Stoccos’ long run from the law endsUPDATE:Gino and Mark Stocco’s case has been heard in a NSW court after a three-week manhunt that brought an end to the eight years they’ve spent on the run from authorities.
The Queensland men, aged 57 and 36, did not appear at Dubbo Local Court on Thursday over 17 offences each, including the murder of a man whose body was found on a NSW property where they were arrested on Wednesday.
Magistrate Andrew Eckhold excused the father and son from appearing in court and remanded the pair to appear in the same court on January 20.
EARLIER: Fugitive father and son Gino and Mark Stocco have been charged with a string of offences including murder following their captureand the discovery of a man’s body on a remote rural property.
The pair was tracked to theproperty in NSW’s Central Weston Wednesday, and arrested by heavily armed police officers who then discovered the decomposed body of a man believed to have been missing for more than three weeks.
The body is yet to be formally identified but is believed to be that of the Rosario Cimone, a68-year-old Italian-born caretaker of the Elong Elong property, north-east of Dubbo, where the pair were hiding out.
Mark Stocco is taken into Dubbo police station. Photo: David Moir
As revealed by Fairfax Media, Cimone isbelieved to have past links to organised crimeand cannabis cultivation, and was charged 12 years ago with eight others for his alleged role over a $30 million cannabis crop near Nimmitabel, in the Monaro region.
He was working most recently on theremote 385-hectare property, Pinevale, that had no livestock or crops and backed onto the dense Goonoo State Forest.
The two Stocco men were caughtafter a wild chase across two states that began on October 16 after they allegedly shot at police officers.
As they were surrounded by tactical officers and dragged from the ground on Wednesday, the Stoccos allegedly raised the issue of “self defence” when confronted about Mr Cimone’s death, Fairfax Media has been told by a police source.
Mr Cimone’s daughter had made a missing persons report at Green Valley police station, in western Sydney, on October 8.
NSW police on Thursday said Gino, 58, and his son Mark, 36, have been charged with an array of offences including murder, dishonestly obtain property by deception, police pursuit and discharge firearm with intent to resist arrest.
They had previously revealed intentions to charge them with 13 offences, including attempted murder in relation to allegations they fired shots at police in Wagga Wagga on October 16.
The pair was also wanted on warrants for property damage in Queensland dating back to 2008.
They’ve been refused bail to appear in Dubbo Local Court on Thursday.
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