Update 3.50pm: After years on the run, one of Australia’s most wanted men, Mark Adrian Perry, has been captured and will face a Victorian court in connection with the murder of a self-proclaimed vampire.
Shane Chartres-Abbott was gunned down by two men in front of his girlfriend and father outside his Melbourne home in 2003.
At the time of his death the 28-year-old male gigolo was on trial for the rape of a female client, who told police he believed he was a vampire who needed to drink blood to survive.
But after a decade on the run, Mr Perry, 45, who has long been a police suspect in the case, was arrested at a factory in Morley yesterday.
He faced the Perth Magistrates Court today and will be extradited to Victoria, where he will face court on Friday.
Outside court, Victoria Police Acting Inspector Dale Flynn said the arrest was a breakthrough in the case.
“Certainly when we get to an arrest phase that is a significant milestone in any investigation, this is no different, but there is still a lot of work in front of us and the investigation is ongoing,” he said.
“The victim’s family have certainly been notified today in relation to his arrest.”
Mr Perry had lived in Queensland, Western Australia and Thailand, police said in 2009 when they announced a $1 million reward for information leading to his capture.
He was last seen in Queensland in September 2007, but was believed to be living under a new identity and may have changed his appearance.
Two other men were charged over the murder in March 2008 and October 2012 and are serving time in jail.
Police say one man assaulted Mr Chartres-Abbott’s pregnant girlfriend and father while another shot him dead.
Police allege the murder was revenge for a 2002 rape.
Earlier this year, a court heard that a former police officer, David Waters, and a then-detective sergeant, Peter Lalor, assisted Chartres-Abbott’s shooter to find the escort’s home.
Neither Mr Lalor nor Mr Waters has been charged and they have both strongly denied any involvement.