AU NSW: Police Search Rural Properties for Clues Into Young Mum's Murder September 145:04
POLICE believe the murder of NSW woman Carly McBride may have been an act of jealousy.
Officers this morning arrested the boyfriend of the murdered Lake Macquarie woman who disappeared in September of 2014 when she went to visit one of her children in Muswell brook in the Hunter Valley.
Ms McBride had been driven by her new boyfriend, Sayle Newson, from Belmont to Muswellbrook to meet her ex-partner and their child.
Ms McBride’s former partner, Andrew Easton, said she had left his home after their visit to walk to McDonalds.
Mr Newson told police Ms McBride never returned to their meeting point, and reported her missing.
The mother-of-two’s remains were found in bushland near Scone in August last year, almost two years after she had reported missing.
A post-mortem revealed Ms McBride died from blunt force trauma with police alleging she was “assaulted to the point where she died”.
After the grisly discovery Hunter Valley detectives formed a special strike force to investigate the disappearance and today made an arrest.
Detectives from Strike Force Karabi arrested the 39-year-old man at a home in San Ramo on the Central Coast, just after 8am Monday. He will be charged with Ms McBride’s murder, Superintendent Steve Clarke.
Police allege that shortly after her disappearance, Newson and the co-offender used Ms McBride’s ATM card to go to a local restaurant and buy some drinks in the Scone area, Supt Clarke says.
The profession of Newson is being treated as “significant” to the investigation.
“The man in custody was a former boxer and Muay Thai champion, claiming to have a record of 20 wins and no losses, and that is significant in this particular investigation,” Mr Clarke said.
Suggesting a potential motive, Mr Clarke said: “It would appear that there may be an aspect of jealousy involved in this particular matter.”
Supt Clarke says another man from Lithgow, who was known to Newson and to Ms McBride, will be arrested later this week and is expected to also be charged with her murder.
Police had not previously identified any suspects in Ms McBride’s death but have said it was believed her murder was not a random act.
After discovering her remains last year, investigators said they had a vast volume of evidence to evaluate.
Detectives have also executed a search warrant at Newson’s home in nearby Buff Point.
After Ms McBride’s remains were found in 2016, police searched three Hunter Region properties including a storage shed in Scone, seizing several items including firearms, ammunition and prohibited weapons.