Man charged over NSW victim's credit cards

Hannah Ryan
·1-min read

A second person has been charged by police investigating the bashing murder of an elderly Sydney man in December.

The 44-year-old man was charged with fraud offences after a police raid on his home on Wednesday morning.

South Coogee resident Peter McCarthy was found dead at his home on December 20, with a post-mortem finding the 77-year-old died from severe head and facial injuries.

Narelle Smith, a 46-year-old woman who lived in the same South Coogee street, was on Monday charged with Mr McCarthy's murder.

She remains in custody after being formally denied bail on Tuesday.

The 44-year-old man is accused of obtaining and using the victim's credit cards.

Police seized several items from the 44-year-old's Summer Hill home in Sydney's inner west before charging the man with eight offences.

The charges include receiving stolen property, dishonestly obtaining a financial advantage by deception and making vexatious calls to emergency services numbers.

He will appear before Burwood Local Court on February 2.

Smith told the Nine Network as she was arrested that she had nothing to do with Mr McCarthy's death.

She has also been accused of using Mr McCarthy's Opal cards to travel between Coogee and Surry Hills on the day his body was found.