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FRIDAY NOVEMBER 28 2014 NEWS 03 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA Cold case heats up with murder charge COLD case detectives have landed charges over the murder of Peter Wayne Murphy, more than six years after he was shot in the head and dumped in a shallow desert grave north of Alice Springs. Mr Murphy, 46, was last seen alive in Alice Springs Town and Country Tavern on August 17, 2008. It was two years until police discovered his body in remote scrub about 120km north of Alice Springs with two gunshot wounds to the head. On Tuesday, Bundaberg detectives, working with their NT counterparts, served Adam Joseph Filippone an order to face the Alice Springs Supreme Court in February over his alleged involvement in murder. The case has languished since charges against Filippone were dropped at a 2010 committal because of legal issues surrounding admissible evidence. But recent legislation changes about what could be admitted as evidence prompted a review of the case. The fresh murder charge is the first by NT Police using the new laws. Long-time bikie associate Greg Russell admitted to being involved in Mr Murphys death in a 2010 taped video confession which, with written notes, led police to the body. A 2011 inquest into the death heard Russell, who ad mitted to other killings, committed suicide the same day he made the tape. In the tape, Russell described his connection to the Hells Angels and Gypsy Jokers outlaw motorcycle gangs. The inquest heard Mr Murphy was murdered over unpaid drug money. Russell reportedly told Mr Murphy that if he didnt pay up then he was going to be executed. The inquest heard Mr Murphy was later picked up from the tavern and driven to the Plenty Highway, over the train line and into the scrub, where he was executed. Police found the grave topped with branches with three beer bottles nearby. Mr Murphy worked as a painter, a store assistant and a bar attendant in Alice Springs, Barrow Creek, Docker River and Yuendumu, and spent time in the building industry with Russell. Police Commander Richard Bryson praised detectives for sticking with the case in the face of legal setbacks. Extradited over brawl AN IRISHMAN wanted over a brawl in Mitchell St in March has been extradited to Darwin from New South Wales. The 22-year-old was allegedly caught trying to flee the country. Detective Senior Constable Daniel Ralph from the Serious Crime Squad said the male was extradited from Sydney. The male was required to surrender his passport as part of his bail conditions, he said. However, on Monday he presented at Sydney International Airport in possession of a new Irish passport and a oneway ticket out of Australia. He was arrested by Federal Police acting on a watch alert issued by the NT Police. Sen-Constable Ralph said the arrest should send a powerful message to anyone attempting to flee the Territory. We will not stop looking for you and we will find you. Putting best feet forward THE Darwin Entertainment Centre stage will be filled with the beats of nearly 300 dancers this weekend. Water, Land and Sky is the SAMs Dance Studio end-ofyear extravaganza. Co-principal Renae Jackson said the performance was a collaboration of dances through the year. She said the theme followed a story of walking through the sea, on to the land and into the sky. Weve been working on it all year everyone is very excited, she said. We have other little performances through the year at the Palmerston Markets, or Mindil, the Dance Eisteddfod, but this is our big one. This is the only time the whole studio gets together to do a performance. Dancers range in age from just 3, all the way up to 42. Ms Jackson said three genres of dance would be performed hip-hop/jazz, contemporary and tap. Groups of up to 20 dancers will perform at any one time, with all groups totalling close to 280 dancers coming together at the end of the night in a massive burst of movement. She said while most of the group were girls, there was a group of 11 boys performing. Tickets to Water, Land and Sky are available from the box office, and are selling fast. The show starts at 6.30pm Saturday.Kira Mamo, 7, Emily McBride, 5, and Dakota McBride, 7, will perform in Water, Land and Sky at the Darwin Entertainment Centre Picture: ELISE DERWIN Man accused of apartment invasion POLICE last night arrested a man they allege forced his way into a womans apartment in Cullen Bay. Superintendent Del Jones said officers arrested 41-yearold Anthony Carter about 7pm in Coconut Grove. Police alleged he forced his way into the young womans Cullen Bay Cres apartment when she was home alone about 11am on Wednesday. The woman was not injured and was able to fend him off, police said, but he allegedly stole money and ran away. Before the arrest, Carter was de scribed as caucasian with dark hair, about 175cm tall, medium build with tattoos on both arms. Police said Carter was driving a NSW registered silver VS model Holden Commodore. Anyone with more information can phone 131 444 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. NT airports honoured for excellence TWO Northern Territory airports have excelled with high standards to win major awards in the airport industry. Alice Springs Airport was named Major Airport of the Year at the National Airport Industry Awards, while Tennant Creek Airport took home the award for Regional Airport of the Year (less than 50,000 passengers). NT Airports CEO Ian Kew was also the recipient of a Chairmans Award, which celebrates individuals who have made a significant contribution to the industry. Alice Springs won for its solar energy project, which doubled the airports capacity to generate its own power. Tennant Creek was recognised for the resurfacing of its runway, taxiways and apron; a major project that has assured air access for the next 20 years.