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Man in court on Broome murder charge
Josh Warneke was found dead on the Broome Highway after a night out with friends. Picture: Supplied

A 21-year-old man has appeared in court charged with the 2010 murder of Josh Warneke in Broome.

Gene Gibson, 21, from Kiwirrkurra on the WA-Northern Territory border appeared in Broome Magistrate's Court this morning charged with one count of murder.

The West Australian understands the man was arrested at a remote Kimberley community yesterday before he was taken to Broome for questioning and charged last night.

Mr Gibson, whose first language was Pintupi, was aided by Kimberley Interpreting Service interpreter Wendy Rogers during his appearance.

He appeared in court wearing a red sweatshirt and tracksuit pants with bare feet. He stood with his arms crossed for most of the appearance looking about the courtroom.

He spoke only once during his appearance, answering "yes" when asked to confirm his name.

He did not enter a plea to one charge of murder but nodded when asked by Justice Peter Jones if he understood the charge.

As the court court had no juridiction to deal with the matter both the prosecutor Matt Barker and Aboriginal Legal Service lawyer Christina Beissman requested that the matter be remanded to the August 29 at Stirling Gardens Magistrate's Court in Perth.

He was remanded in custody to appear via video link.

The West Australian

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