Men accused of fatal armed home robbery face court

THE man accused of murdering Tyrone Michael Baynton appeared in court wearing a baggy green shirt, and with shaggy brown hair that just concealed his neck tattoo.

Twenty-four-year-old North Mackay man Joshua Don Francis Wales yesterday faced Mackay Magistrates Court for the first time since the alleged incident.

Magistrate Damien Dwyer read out the charges.

He told Wales that he was charged with entering Baynton's dwelling in North Mackay, robbing him armed with a sheath and murdering Baynton on October 11.

Prosecutor Sheena Hayes asked for a short adjournment.

She said that afternoon she would start preparing a partial brief with the investigating officer.

Duty solicitor Chelsea Cross told the court that Wales would apply for Legal Aid. She said she was agreeable to the matter being adjourned until the following day.

Ms Cross said Wales wished to keep other court matters separate from the October 11 charges.

Magistrate Dwyer adjourned the matter to 9am today in Mackay Magistrates Court.

He ordered Wales to remain in custody and appear in court in person.

North Mackay man Jeremy Kenneth Abell, 26, was next to appear in court yesterday.

Abell wore a blue and orange work shirt, had his hair cut short and was clean shaven except for a moustache.

He appeared to listen intently as his charges were read out.

Magistrate Dwyer told the court Abell was charged with entering Baynton's dwelling, robbing him armed with a sheath and committing the manslaughter of Baynton.

Magistrate Dwyer adjourned the matter to 9am today, and ordered Abell also remain in custody.

Police are still searching for a third man involved in Baynton's death, 29-year-old Mala Owen Geissler. Any information to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Topics:  armed robbery manslaughter murder

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