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Murder accused appears in court
Murder accused appears in court

The man accused of murdering Boulder businesswoman Veronica “Ronnie” Messina has made his first appearance in court.

Paul Michael Banbery, 51, appeared in the Kalgoorlie Magistrate’s Court yesterday afternoon charged with the murder of Ms Messina. According to the charge read out in court, Mr Banbery is accused of murdering the 62-year-old woman some time between June 25 and 26.

Mr Banbery, dressed in a black hooded jumper and faded blue jeans, spoke only to confirm his name during the hearing and was not required to plead to the charge.

Defence counsel Antoinette Fedele said Mr Banbery would not make a bail application at this stage.

Magistrate Tom Hall remanded the accused in custody to appear in the Stirling Gardens Magistrate’s Court in Perth on August 29.

Police on Saturday found what they believed to be Ms Messina’s body in dense bushland off the Goldfields Highway, about 10km north of Kalgoorlie-Boulder. Mrs Messina lived in Kalgoorlie-Boulder for more than 15 years, running bookkeeping business Damage Control Systems since 1996.

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