Mystery of why three people including a petite blonde barista allegedly murdered a 7ft-tall father-of-two could finally be revealed when star witness takes the stand
- Jarrad Lovison, 38, went missing in April before his body was found in May
- Samantha Grace Guillerme, 24, Jake William Brown, 28, charged with murder
- Andrew James Price, 47, was also charged with murdering the father-of-two
- Witness to give evidence to reveal why the three allegedly murdered Mr Lovison
Why a ‘gentle giant’ father-of-two was allegedly murdered and dumped in bushland could finally be revealed when a star witness gives evidence.
Jarrad Lovison, 37, disappeared while riding his bike near Moe in country Victoria on April 16 last year and his body was found five weeks later on May 23.
Samantha Grace Guillerme, 24, Jake William Brown, 28, and Andrew James Price, 47, are charged with Mr Lovison’s alleged murder.
Police have never said why or how Mr Lovison died, but prosecutors and judges have referred to a possible, but so far unstated, motive.
Jarrad Lovison, 38, went missing in mid-April but his remains were discovered by detectives in Moondarra, near Moe in Victoria’s Gippsland region
Mr Lovison’s body was found five weeks after he was reported missing. Guillerme and Brown were charged with his murder
Guillerme’s connection to her co-accused and Mr Lovison are also a mystery, though they appeared to know each other as they laughed together in court in January.
Almost a year since Mr Lovison’s disappearance, a committal hearing at Latrobe Valley Magistrates Court will determine if the trio will go to trial.
A key witness will take the stand and and discuss a ‘conversation with the deceased in regards to motive’, the Herald Sun reported.
Magistrate Guillaume Bailin will decide who the lawyers can question to help provide evidence to push the three alleged murderers to trial.
The body of Moe man Jarrad Lovison (left) was found in May a month after he went missing
Samantha Grace Guillerme (pictured above) was remanded in custody on January 7 in relation to the murder of Jarrad Lovison
The witness will also be asked about the ‘burning of a shed’ before the alleged murder.
Mr Bailin heard that DNA analysis was still underway and questioned police why the process was not done in October when the charges were laid.
Defence lawyer Ashley Halphen said the police investigation was not ready and was missing ‘critical information’.
Prosecutor Ruth Champion hit back saying there was a vast ‘amount of testing to be done’ for the case.
Phone tower analysis will also be used and prepared into transcripts, the court heard.
Andrew Price, 47, (left) was also charged with Mr Lovison’s murder last year
Julian McMahon, defence lawyer for Mr Price previously told the court the prosecution’s case was weak and Mr Lovison could have died from other causes.
The seven-foot-tall cyclist was found with large quantities of the drugs GHB and meth in his system, which Mr McMahon claimed were enough to cause his death.
Mr Bailin said the case could be fast-tracked to the Supreme Court and skip the committal hearing in the lower court.
Guillerme, Price and Brown will return to court on March 16.