Sam Robert Price-Purcell  disappeared on February 16, 2015.
Sam Robert Price-Purcell disappeared on February 16, 2015.

Pair charged with murder before Toowoomba court

TWO men charged with murder arising from the assumed death of Brisbane man Sam Price-Purcell have had their matters mentioned again before Toowoomba Magistrates Court.

Owen James Harris, 30, of Roma and Leyburn man Michael Jay Evans, 36, were not in court for the separate brief mentions of their respective matters and have been remanded in custody.

Both accused were charged with murder earlier this year.

The court heard due to financial constraints Harris would no longer be engaging his legal representatives and would be seeking Legal Aid in the coming weeks.

Magistrate Viviana Keegan therefore adjourned his case for mention back in the court on December 14 and remanded him in custody with his appearance excused at the next court mention.

Evans' lawyer said a full brief of evidence would be required and also sought an adjournment which was granted with his next mention in the same court on November 29.

Sam Price-Purcell was last seen getting into a yellow Holden Commodore in the Brisbane suburb of Mitchelton on February 16, 2015.

It is believed he was travelling to Toowoomba in the company of others.

Investigators recovered that car in May after searches of properties in Helidon and Leyburn as part of the ongoing investigation.

The then 28-year-old's body has never been found.
 



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