Man Charged with Murder of Joel Carter at Nyngan

PLEASE NOTE: NSWPF-branded footage of the arrest will be available later this morning.

A man has been charged with murder following the death of a man in the state's west earlier this year.

About 7.45am on Wednesday 25 January 2023, emergency services were called to a home on Gilgai Road, Miandetta – about 25km from Nyngan – after concerns were raised for the welfare of the resident.

Officers from Central North Police District attended and located the body of a man inside the property.

He has since been formally identified as 59-year-old man Joel Carter.

A crime scene was established and examined by specialist forensic officers.

A post-mortem examination determined Mr Carter died from significant head trauma.

Detectives from the State Crime Command's Homicide Squad, assisted by the Central North Police District, established Strike Force Namadgi to investigate the circumstances surrounding the man's death.

Following extensive inquiries, strike force detectives arrested a 38-year-old man during a vehicle stop on Garden Avenue, Ravenswood, about 3.30pm yesterday (Tuesday 28 March 2023).

He was taken to Warren Police Station, where he was charged with murder.

Police will allege in court that the man – who is known to Mr Carter – assaulted him at the property before stealing his motor vehicle and driving away.

The Warren man was refused bail to appear at Dubbo Local Court later today (Wednesday 29 March 2023).

Investigations under Strike Force Namadgi are ongoing.

Anyone with information that may assist Strike Force Namadgi investigators is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report information via NSW Police social media pages.

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