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Two face court over body in car boot

Mon September 24, 2012 1:30pm

ONE of two men who allegedly killed a man whose charred body was found in the boot of a burnt-out car in Darwin has appeared in court charged with murder and arson.

Gary Stewart Miles, 40, remained silent during the court proceedings, at one stage lifting his arm apparently to hide his face from the public gallery.

His co-accused, Gregory John Channing, 41, was also due to appear before Magistrate Daynor Trigg but did not.

The court heard Channing was too unwell and was in Royal Darwin Hospital.

The two men allegedly killed 46-year-old Paul John Stamp, whose charred remains were recovered from the boot of a burnt-out car last Wednesday.

Mr Trigg said he wanted Channing or a legal representative of the accused to appear in court later on Monday for a decision on bail.

"I can't just remand an empty chair," Mr Trigg said.

In court, prosecutor Peggy Dwyer said a large amount of forensic material was still being tested in relation to the case against Miles.

Defence counsel Matthew Hubber did not seek bail for Miles.

Mr Trigg adjourned that case until November 28.

The crime has baffled Mr Stamp's family, who say they cannot understand why someone would kill the kind-hearted man who had only been in Darwin for eight days before his body was discovered.

Channing faces seven charges including murder, arson, depriving a person of liberty, causing serious harm and driving unlicensed, unregistered and uninsured.

Miles faces charges of arson, murder, depriving a person of liberty and causing serious harm.

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