The body of a man allegedly murdered by father and son duo Gino and Mark Stocco was in a shallow grave in rural NSW for three weeks before being discovered, police will allege.
Court documents say the Stoccos murdered 68-year-old caretaker Rosario Cimone on October 7 at Pinevale, the Elong Elong property northeast of Dubbo where they were arrested on Wednesday.
The pair was excused from appearing in Dubbo Local Court on Thursday on 17 charges each, including murder and three counts of shooting with intent to murder.
It’s alleged the pair shot at three police officers while trying to avoid arrest at Mangoplah near Wagga Wagga on October 16.
Magistrate Andrew Eckhold ordered that both Gino and Mark Stocco return to Dubbo Local Court in January and be held in custody until then.
Mark Stocco was wearing shackles as officers from the Corrections High Risk Transport Unit collected the pair from Dubbo Police Station where they had been held overnight.
“They will be initially conveyed to Wellington Prison and then from there assessed and most likely will be transferred to another prison,” Acting Assistant Commissioner Clint Pheeney said.
It’s believed the pair will be held at Goulburn Supermax prison until their next court appearance.
Their arrest at Pinevale came after a tip off from a local who reported seeing a suspicious vehicle in the nearby Goonoo State Forest.
A missing person’s report in Sydney was the final piece of the puzzle police needed to locate them, ending their eight years on the run from authorities in NSW, Queensland and Victoria.
Officers hid at the property from Tuesday before arresting the Stoccos on Wednesday.
Both men were treated at Dubbo Base Hospital for minor injuries suffered as a result of failing to comply with police orders during their arrest.
Other charges against the pair include the theft of a white Toyota LandCruiser, a silver Nissan Navara and possession of other items including numberplates, power tools, camping equipment and towels.
While police have not revealed if they uncovered weapons or ammunition from the Elong Elong property, they are both charged with possessing a Remington 12 gauge shotgun and ammunition without permits.
Lawyers appeared in court on behalf of both men but neither made release applications.