Three Teens Charged Over Alleged Murder Of Father Found Dead In Bushland
Three teenagers have been charged in relation to the alleged murder of a man whose body was found in bushland earlier this month.
Father of three Peter Keeley, 56, was found dead on February 2. Officers had been called to bushland near McNee Street in Broulee, on the NSW south coast, following reports of a body discovered in bushland.
It's unclear exactly how Keeley died, but a post mortem examination found he had suffered injuries to his head and face.
Police launched an investigation into his death, and following a public appeal, two 17-year-old boys were arrested on Thursday morning after detectives carried out raids on homes in the Broulee area.
Mobile phones, laptops and other electronic equipment were seized in the searches, police said in a statement.
On Thursday afternoon, both teenagers were charged with the offences of murder, and take/detain in company with the intent to get advantage occasion actual bodily harm.
They were refused bail and will appear at a children's court later on Thursday.
Earlier, police told 10 daily that Keeley had been speaking to one of the teenagers using the dating app Grindr in the days before his death.
It's alleged Keeley had travelled by car from Canberra to Batemans Bay the day he was killed.
The two teenage boys are friends but are believed to have no recorded criminal history, Detective Superintendent Danny Doherty told reporters on Thursday.
Police are investigating whether the death was a possible gay hate crime, or was related to drugs or robbery, Doherty said.
"We're unclear of the motive... There's a number of motives that I can't talk about because the case is before the courts."
In a further development, just before 3pm on Thursday police arrested a third 17-year-old at a home in Broulee in relation to the incident.
He has since also been charged with the offences of murder, and take/detain in company with the intent to get advantage occasion actual bodily harm.
He was refused bail and is expected to appear at a children's court on Friday.
It comes after Keeley's family issued a heartbreaking statement over his death.
“Our family is devastated and still coming to terms with the fact we have lost Peter," the family wrote on Thursday.
“All that can be said is we have been deeply affected by this tragedy and we are still grieving."
“We are grateful for the overwhelming support from family and friends."