Second charged over mine-shaft killing

A SECOND man has been charged in relation to the murder of missing Deer Park man Ricky Lee Ganly. 

Stewart Hutchinson, 30, from Avoca was arrested yesterday.

He faced an out of sessions court hearing last night and was charged with one count of accessory to murder.

Hutchinson has been remanded in custody and will appear at the Ballarat Magistrates’ Court today.

Maryborough man Jesse Willis, 28, was charged with Mr Ganly’s murder on Tuesday.

Mr Ganly, 48, was last seen by his girlfriend at his Doherty Street home in Deer Park about noon on Sunday, April 28 last year.

Phone records showed his last movements were in Avoca between April 28 and 29.

Willis’ police remand summary, seen by The Courier, alleges while being interviewed by police in Ballarat this week he made admissions to killing Mr Ganly.

Willis was arrested in Maryborough by Homicide Squad Missing Person Unit detectives about 4pm on Sunday, less than two hours after police hauled Mr Ganly’s Magna sedan and a body from the bottom of a flooded Avoca mine.

Willis’ remand summary says a post-mortem carried out on the body, believed to be Mr Ganly’s, reveals he died from a single gunshot to the back of the head. 

Willis will re-appear on June 5 for a committal mention hearing. 

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