Father and son former fugitives plead guilty to murder

The father and son duo who led police on a wild goose chase across three state lines last year have pleaded guilty to murder.

58-year-old Gino Stocco and his son Mark, 36, appeared via video link in Dubbo Local Court on Wednesday morning and both pleaded guilty to an array of charges including murder, arson and shooting to avoid apprehension.

Gino Stocco and his son Mark have pleaded guilty to murder and other offences. Photo: NSW Police
Gino Stocco and his son Mark have pleaded guilty to murder and other offences. Photo: NSW Police
The Stoccos were captured on a rural property near Dubbo in October last year. Photo: NSW Police
The Stoccos were captured on a rural property near Dubbo in October last year. Photo: NSW Police

The men were arrested in October after being on the run for a total of eight years.

After a string of offences in North Queensland, including fraud and robbery, they fled south.

Warrants were issued for their arrest over violent crimes in New South Wales and Victoria, but it wasn’t until October 2015 that police located the men near the Victorian border.

Gino Stocco was captured by police in October. Photo: AAP.
Gino Stocco was captured by police in October. Photo: AAP.

Police closed in on the fugitives after the men shot at officers near Wagga Wagga in New South Wales.

12 days later, police found the pair on a property at Elong Elong near Dubbo, 400 kilometres away.

The Stoccos were arrested and during a search of the property, officers discovered the decomposing body of 68-year-old caretaker Rosario Cimone.

The massive 'Pinevale' property along Tonniges Rd Elong was only purchased last year by its current owners and features five dams as well as a homestead and cottage. Photo: realestate.com.au
The massive 'Pinevale' property along Tonniges Rd Elong was only purchased last year by its current owners and features five dams as well as a homestead and cottage. Photo: realestate.com.au
Along with the homestead and cottage are a large lock-up workshop, machinery sheds, steel stock yards and a hay shed - making the rural property an attractive potential hide-out for the wanted Stoccos. Photo: realestate.com.au
Along with the homestead and cottage are a large lock-up workshop, machinery sheds, steel stock yards and a hay shed - making the rural property an attractive potential hide-out for the wanted Stoccos. Photo: realestate.com.au

Together, the father and son have been charged with more than 30 offences, including murder.

Charges of attempting to murder police have been dropped.

The Stoccos will be sentenced in the Sydney Supreme Court in August.

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