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Emotional plea for help over Sanctuary Point man's murder

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The parents of a man murdered in Sanctuary Point in July have made an emotional plea for information to help police catch the man who killed their son.

Former soldier David McArthur was living in a caravan park in Ethel Street while trying to get his life back together during a battle with post traumatic stress disorder.

But dad Stuart McArthur said his progress was brought to a premature end when he died as the result of a single stab wound to the chest on July 25th.

“David was a proud Australian who loved life and was a generous man - he didn’t deserve to die in the circumstances which he did," Stuart said.

He described 49-year-old David as "a wonderful son".

"He was a larrikin, a good fellow, a great bloke and a great Australian.

"He didn't put up with any silly nonsense, he loved his country, supported the government, he was a good fellow," Stuart said.

David's love of his country included six years serving in the Army, but he left with PTSD that he was continuing to battle, according to his father.

Standing beside wife Susan and wearing badges bearing David's image and his oft-used phrase "I love my mum", Stuart said his son's death had left a huge hole in many lives.

"David wasn't a person in isolation, he leaves behind his sisters, his daughter, his son, and his 15-month-old grandson," the Sanctuary Point man said.

"We do appeal for our community, for help to solve this, because it's the right and just thing to do."

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Detective Chief Inspector Wayne Walpole from the Homicide Squad said police were called to the caravan park just after 8pm by a neighbour who head a commotion and then David calling for help.

Officers arrived to find David on the floor near the entrance to his cabin, suffering a single stab wound to the chest in what was believed to have been a targeted attack.

A person was seen fleeing the caravan park moments after the stabbing.

Inspector Walpole said police had been reviewing CCTV footage and information from the public as part of the inquiry.

He said police were still trying to ascertain a motive behind the attack.

"The assistance we're after is if anyone has knowledge of why David may have been attacked on that night.

"We've got a number of lines of inquiries, but we haven't been able to come to a conclusion on exactly what the motive for David's attack may have been," Inspector Walpole said.

Strike Force Frawley was set up soon after the murder in an effort to catch the culprit.

“Strike Force Frawley investigators will remain in the Shoalhaven area this week, interviewing additional witnesses and conducting a further canvass of several areas of interest," Inspector Walpole said.

“Detectives are particularly keen to speak with anyone who may have information relating to several persons seen leaving the caravan park around the time of David’s murder."

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Nowra man arrested over Sanctuary Point murder

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A Nowra man has been arrested at Silverwater Jail and charged with murdering David McArthur in Sanctuary Point in July.

The 39-year-old Nowra man was charged with murder when homicide squad detectives visited the correctional facility this morning.

He was remanded in custody and is due to face Nowra Local Court today.

The arrest follows an investigation into Mr McArthur's stabbing death at a caravan park on Ethel Street, Sanctuary Point, on July 25.

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When police were called to Mr McArthur's cabin they found him near the doorway with a single stab wound to his chest.

Officers attempted CPR on 49-year-old Mr McArthur, but he could not be revived and died at the scene.

The murder led to extensive inquiries and Mr McArthur's parents last week appealing for information, before today's arrest.

Investigations under Strike Force Frawley continue.

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Second murder accused refused bail

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Nowra's Dean Vimpani, 41, has been refused bail in Nowra Local Court today after being charged with murdering David McArthur of Sanctuary Point.

Vimpani appeared before Magistrate Lisa Viney via audio-visual link, as his lawyer Brett Ford argued for bail.

He said there were exceptional circumstances because Vimpani lived with his mother who had emphysema and was about to be released from hospital following a battle with COVID-19, had full-time custody of an eight-year-old child, was undergoing regular counselling for PTSD and monthly painkilling injections after breaking his back two years ago.

Mr Ford also said COVID delays to the legal system meant Vimpani could be behind bars for a long time before having a chance to defend the charges.

However Magistrate Viney said any time in custody awaiting trial would be small compared to the time Vimpani would serve if convicted.

She also noted the strength of the prosecution case before refusing bail, and ordering Vimpani to reappear before the court on December 21.

Vimpani was arrested earlier in the day after police executed a search warrant at a Nowra home.

During the search detectives seized a vehicle and clothing for forensic examination.

Detective Chief Inspector Wayne Walpole from the Homicide Squad said more arrests were expected.

Vimpani was the second person charged over Mr McArthur's killing.

Earlier in the week police  arrested 39-year-old Raymond Allen of Nowra and charged him with Mr McArthur's murder.

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Third person arrested over Sanctuary Point murder

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A third man has been charged over the murder of Sanctuary Point man David McArthur.

Emergency services were called to a caravan park in Ethel Street, Sanctuary Point, about 8pm on July 25 following reports of a stabbing.

They found 49-year-old Mr McArthur on the floor of his cabin near the doorway, suffering a single stab wound to his chest.

Officers attempted CPR, but Mr McArthur could not be revived and died at the scene.

After detectives from the State Crime Command’s Homicide Squad took charge of the investigation under Strike Force Frawley, two men were charged over their alleged involvement in the murder and remain before the courts.

Following further inquiries, a 42-year-old man was arrested in Nowra about 7.30am Tuesday.

He was taken to Nowra Police Station and charged with concealing a serious indictable offence.

Police allege the man attended the caravan park with two other men on the night of the alleged murder, and subsequently failed to assist investigators looking into the 49-year-old man’s death.

The Nowra man has been refused bail to appear at Nowra Local Court today.

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