Forensic material delays Wee Waa job site murder case, court told

Murder charge: Patrick Allen Boon was arrested after police surrounded the Imperial Hotel in Wee Waa in June, and inset, Fred Tuffs.
Murder charge: Patrick Allen Boon was arrested after police surrounded the Imperial Hotel in Wee Waa in June, and inset, Fred Tuffs.

DETECTIVES have been granted more time to gather forensic evidence against a man accused of murdering his colleague in north west of NSW.

Patrick Allan Boon remains in custody on charges of murder and wounding a person with intent after allegedly attacking Fred Tuffs near Wee Waa on June 13, last year.

Murder charge: Patrick Allen Boon was arrested after police surrounded the Imperial Hotel in Wee Waa in June.

Murder charge: Patrick Allen Boon was arrested after police surrounded the Imperial Hotel in Wee Waa in June.

Mr Tuffs, 57, was allegedly attacked by Boon with a wrench and a sledgehammer at the worksite off Culgoora Road at Wee Waa, where they were both working.

Boon was initially charged with wounding with intent to murder, but his charges were upgraded to murder a day later after Mr Tuffs died from massive head injuries.

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Boon’s case was adjourned in Moree Local Court on Wednesday to allow more time to gather outstanding items for the brief of evidence.

Magistrate Michael Dakin ordered detectives to serve forensic material on Boon’s solicitors later this month before the case returns to court in March.

Boon made no application for bail and it was formally refused.

He was arrested after a siege with police in Wee Waa on the same day as the alleged murder.

Police from Strike Force Magna – the operation set-up by Barwon detectives to investigate Mr Tuffs’ death – recovered the sledgehammer as well as the wrench they allege Boon attacked his co-worker with. 

Boon is yet to enter any pleas to the charges.