Uncle has murder arrest concerns
POLICE last night charged a second person – a 30-year-old woman – with the murder of missing Maryborough man Noel Allan Clark.
Earlier in the day, 41-year-old Graeme Kenneth Wright was refused bail in the Brisbane Magistrates Court after also being charged with 33-year-old Mr Clark’s murder.
Wright, of no fixed address, was found hiding out in Warwick on Thursday. He was yesterday remanded in custody to reappear in court on January 18.
Meanwhile, Queensland police will travel to Armidale in New South Wales next week to seek the extradition of the Maryborough woman.
The woman was arrested on Thursday by way of a Queensland arrest warrant and was last night charged with one count each of murder and interfering with a corpse. She is expected to appear in the Armidale Magistrates Court on Monday.
Meanwhile, Mr Clark’s family has slammed police for not keeping them up to date with the case’s progress.
Just after 10.30am yesterday, police issued a press release confirming Wright had been charged with Mr Clark’s murder.
Three-and-a-half hours later the Chronicle phoned Mr Clark’s uncle Iain Cronk to seek his reaction to the news but instead broke it to him.
“It would have been bloody nice if the police had told us they’d charged someone,” he said.
“I haven’t heard a thing.”
Mr Cronk was clearly upset police had not informed the family immediately after they arrested Wright on Thursday for the murder of Mr Clark, whose body has not been found.
His anger quickly turned to melancholy once reality set in.
“It’s pretty devastating,” he said. “But it’s relieving to know that someone’s been charged.
“I guess the next step would be locating Noel’s body. We’d rather not bury an empty casket.”
Mr Clark, who was last seen at the old Ellena Street Centrelink office in Maryborough on May 25, has been missing for five months.
Mr Cronk said the family had been doing it tough during the investigation and was disappointed they had not been kept in the loop by police. He said Mr Clark’s mother was shattered but also relieved when she was informed yesterday morning.
“It’s been a trying time,” he said. “We just hope that if this man is guilty, he will get a full life sentence. If he took a life then he should lose his freedom.”