STRIKE force detectives allege a love triangle led to the murder of Dubbo man Alois Rez.
The 33-year-old father of four was last seen at his Alfred Street home at 10.30pm on July 28. He was reported missing on August 1.
Police are convinced Mr Rez met with foul play and continue to search for his body at locations in and around Dubbo and as far away as Nyngan.
Hundreds of exhibits seized by police are undergoing forensic and ballistic testing as Mr Rez’s defacto Sarah Renea Tarrant and her alleged lover, family friend Raymond Isaac Roff, remain in jail on murder charges.
Tarrant, 24, and Roff, 51, were arrested at separate locations in Dubbo on August 9.
Charges against the co-accused were adjourned to January 29 next year when murder allegations were brought before Dubbo Local Court this week.
Roff appeared before Magistrate Andrew Eckhold via video link from Lithgow Correctional Centre.
He did not enter pleas to charges of murder, possessing an unauthorised firearm and not keeping a firearm safely.
Legal Aid did not require Tarrant to appear on the prison audiovisual screen.
A plea was not entered and her solicitor did not oppose the Crown adjournment application.
Police facts tendered to the court outlined grisly allegations about the death of Mr Rez and the struggle the co-accused are alleged to have experienced as they loaded his lifeless body into the back of Roff’s Great Wall four-wheel-drive.
Police facts described the case against Roff and Tarrant as overwhelming, based on direct and circumstantial evidence and admissions allegedly made by Tarrant.
Police said Roff has denied murder allegations despite numerous alleged “lies and mistruths told and ascertained”.
The court heard Mr Rez and Tarrant had been in a nine-year relationship.
The couple moved to Dubbo about a year ago and purchased a house in Alfred Street. They lived with a number of children, Mr Rez’s mother and a housemate.
Roff, a close friend, was a frequent visitor.
Police allege Tarrant and Roff formed a close bond which turned into a sexual relationship some time in April/May this year.
Police facts allege Tarrant and Mr Rez were involved in an alleged domestic incident on July 24 during which Tarrant allegedly sent a message to Roff asking him to ring police.
The court heard Roff called 000 and made a report. Police attended the Alfred Street house and were told nothing had occurred.
Police spoke to Roff at his residence where a number of mobile phone messages were allegedly viewed.
Police allege Roff and Tarrant communicated by mobile phone over the next four days.
At 1pm on July 28 Tarrant drove Mr Rez’s mother to the Dubbo railway station. She caught the XPT to Sydney, planning to stay for several days.
Police said Tarrant went home and later went to the supermarket to purchase food for dinner. She returned and prepared chicken, mashed potatoes and vegetables.
The court heard Rez had been involved in long shifts at work.
He ate dinner in bed at 8pm.
Police allege Roff and Tarrant sent text messages to each other about 9pm.
At 10pm a housemate returned home and spoke to Mr Rez. The housemate later told police Mr Rez appeared drug affected and was falling to sleep while talking to him.
About 11.30pm Tarrant woke, went to the rear of the premises and fell asleep on a lounge.
Police said Tarrant walked down the hallway to the toilet about 2.30pm. Police allege she saw Roff coming out of Mr Rez’s bedroom and closing the door.
Police allege Tarrant was told to go back into the lounge room.
Police allege Tarrant heard the bedroom and front doors close about 20 minutes later.
Police said Tarrant got up and walked down the hallway out the front door onto the verandah.
On the way she allegedly observed Mr Rez was not in bed and the doona and other items of bedding were missing.
Police allege Tarrant walked outside and saw Roff standing near a vehicle. She is alleged to have seen something wrapped in a blanket on the ground beside Roff’s Great Wall four-wheel-drive.
Police allege Roff told Tarrant to help him. She is alleged to have realised the white blanket contained her defacto’s lifeless body.
Roff is alleged to have placed items of bedding into the rear of the four-wheel-drive.
The co-accused are alleged to have experienced considerable difficulty manoeuvring the body into the vehicle.
Roff is alleged to have driven away in a westerly direction towards Victoria Street.
Tarrant is alleged to have returned to the lounge.
The next day Tarrant is alleged to have gone to Target to purchase new bedding.
She is alleged to have returned home to clean the house.
Police allege Tarrant made no attempt to contact Mr Rez and did not report him missing to family, friends or police.
On August 1 Mr Rez’s mother tried to contact her son without success.
She called Tarrant who is alleged to have stated Rez was missing.
The mother boarded the next train to Dubbo and upon arrival went to the police station to report her son as missing.
The next day Strike Force Cornelius commenced an investigation. Detectives went to the Alfred Street house and obtained statements from family members and witnesses.
Roff is alleged to have told police the Rebels outlawed motorcycle gang was responsible for the disappearance of Mr Rez.
On August 4 a crime scene warrant was issued by Parramatta Local Court for the Alfred Street house.
The property was forensically examined and exhibits were seized.
On August 7 police seized Roff’s vehicle. Examination allegedly revealed a large quantity of blood in the rear compartment. Police allege the amount of blood was consistent with significant injury.
On August 9 investigators made an application to Dubbo Local Court for search warrants for Roff’s home in Fitzroy Street and his rural property on Sappa Bulga Road.
The court was told detectives found an unsecured 0.22 calibre firearm.
Items including mobile phones, computers and medication were seized.
At 7.30pm detectives spoke to Tarrant and asked her to attend the police station. Tarrant is alleged to have made admissions about being involved in the death of Mr Rez.
Police yesterday told the Daily Liberal detectives were continuing to compile a brief of evidence against Roff and Tarrant.
“We are obtaining more statements and reviewing closed-circuit television footage from a number of businesses and Dubbo City Council cameras at various locations,” Detective Sergeant Scott Baker said.
“We are still actively searching for Mr Rez’s body and identifying areas Roff attended at the time of the alleged murder.”
The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions expects a considerable delay before specialist forensic and ballistic testing of exhibits is completed.