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Police say three teenagers murdered man in 'carjacking gone wrong'

14 September 2017 5:57 AM
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Police will allege three teenagers murdered Paul Costa in a Brunswick West reserve in a carjacking gone wrong.

Homicide Squad detectives arrested a 17-year-old boy and an 18-year-old man in Thomastown on Thursday morning.

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Melbourne Homicide Squad detectives arrest three teenagers over the murder of a man in a Brunswick West reserve.

The 18-year-old is expected to face the Melbourne Magistrates Court on Thursday afternoon and the 16-year-old will be extradited to Victoria on Friday.

The 17-year-old appeared in a Children's Court late on Thursday afternoon, charged with murder.

Police are still analysing CCTV footage and some mobile phones have been seized which could yield more clues, Prosecutor Ashleigh Harrold said.

The 18-year-old Thomastown man is due to face court later on Thursday, also charged with murder.

It is understood detectives will allege Mr Costa, a 43-year-old father, was killed in a botched carjacking.

His body, clad in an Ermenegildo Zegna suit, was found by a passer-by in Dunstan Reserve, a popular dog walking spot and sporting ground at Brunswick West, just after 8.20am on July 3.

Mr Costa's car, a red Nissan Patrol, was found four days later about three kilometres away parked in Berry Street, Coburg.

It was abandoned a little over a kilometre from the home he shared with his parents.

He was last seen by his parents the night before, leaving the house in his suit and best dress suit. His father Alex Costa thought he was going on a date.

The older Mr Costa said at the time that the youngest of his four children, who was a father of four himself, was a gentle giant.

Melbourne had been in the grips of a carjacking crime wave with the crime doubling in the five years to 2016.

The most recent figures from the Crime Statistics Agency show there had been 32 carjackings – or eight a month – from December 2016 to March this year and 13 attempted carjackings.


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