Police allege killer cop planned Baird’s murder

New details

Accused cop Beau Lamarre-Condon hatched a plan to kill his former boyfriend Jesse Baird, but flight attendant Luke Davies was an unintended victim, a new police theory alleges.

Police believe the alleged murder of TV presenter Baird, 26, was premeditated while Davies, 29, was killed because he was at his boyfriend Baird’s house at the time, multiple media outlets report.

The theory emerged after investigators discovered the senior constable had purchased only one surfboard bag before the alleged double murder, The Australian’s crime writer David Murray reports on Thursday.

Lamarre-Condon then bought a second surfboard bag after he had allegedly shot the pair dead with a police-issue gun.

The bodies of Baird and his new boyfriend Davies were found in two separate surfboard bags near the fence line of a rural property at Bungonia, two hours south-west of Sydney, on Tuesday.

Luke Davies (left) was killed because he was at Jesse Baird’s house, police allege. Photo: AAP

New details are emerging about the timeline of the shocking crime that has rocked Sydney and made headlines around the world.

Seven News reports that Baird’s housemates at his Paddington terrace where the couple was allegedly murdered on Monday last week had returned home unaware the bodies were in the backyard.

The housemates entered a dishevelled home and went to bed not realising the bodies of Baird and Davies were wrapped in a tarp outside, the network revealed.

Police allege Lamarre-Condon later returned with the surfboard bags and transported the bodies in a Toyota Hiace van to Bungonia in the NSW Southern Tablelands.

Meanwhile more stories are surfacing about the mysterious secret life of Lamarre-Condon who by day was a senior constable with the NSW Police force.

The officer has since been stood down without pay and the force has initiated dismissal proceedings.

“He has been served today in custody a show cause notice for his dismissal,” Police Commissioner Karen Webb told ABC 7.30 on Wednesday night.

“The officer has 21 days to respond to me and I must consider it in a fair process, so that he has the opportunity to respond, before I can then take that next step.”

Media have uncovered multiple online male escort profiles, offering sex work, which use Lamarre-Condon’s image as the profile photo.

It is unclear whether the accounts were created by the policeman.

Lamarre-Condon had boasted a flashy life on Instagram, with photos on private jets, travelling to elite holiday spots and wearing designer clothes and bags.

Beau Lamarre-Condon appeared to live a flashy a life and chased celebrities.

He first made headlines in 2014 after publicly coming out at a Lady Gaga concert by throwing a note on stage, which the singer read aloud before asking him backstage.

His fondness of celebrity continued into adulthood; Lamarre-Condon ran now-defunct celebrity websites, attended red-carpet events and interviewed or took pictures with big names such as Russell Crowe, Taylor Swift and Miley Cyrus.

He eventually joined the NSW Police Force, something he reportedly didn’t advertise widely.

The career move followed in his family’s footsteps; his mother is a former police officer, his father is a security guard, and his sister is a former NSW Police radio dispatcher.

In 2020, Lamarre-Condon again made headlines after viral footage showed him tasering a suspect. He was later cleared of any wrongdoing following an internal investigation.

The 28-year-old is in custody charged with murdering the couple at Baird’s home at Paddington, in inner-city Sydney, on February 19.

The discovery of the bodies after a near week-long search for the pair came when their accused killer finally told police where to look after obtaining legal counsel.

Paddington tributes

A makeshift shrine has been growing outside Baird’s Paddington home as more and more tributes are left at the scene of the horror crime.

Detectives returned to the Paddington scene about 2pm on Wednesday, leaving soon after talking to a neighbour.

Local couple Peter Lovell and Paul Davidson said the deaths have struck a chord within their community.

“It’s awful,” Lovell told AAP.

“We just can’t quite believe it’s happened,” he said.

Rosemary Gourham came from Sans Souci in Sydney’s south to pay her respects.

“They were so young and in love … their laundry is even still hanging up,” she told AAP.

There was no more space for flowers on the fence outside the Brown St terrace by noon on Wednesday as friends, family and members of the LGBTQI community left tributes.

“What a terrible tragedy … nobody deserves to be treated this way,” one card accompanying a bouquet read.

Flowers left in tribute at Jesse Baird’s Paddington home. Photo: AAP

Another bouquet featured a scale-model Qantas plane in tribute to Davies, who worked as a much-loved member of the airline’s cabin crew.

An AFL umpire’s guernsey was left at the scene in honour of Baird, who umpired 62 games, including two finals.

“Forever goal umpire #350, forever in our hearts,” a tribute read.

Baird will be fondly remembered for his vibrant personality, professionalism and commitment to mentoring the next generation of umpires, the league’s chief executive Andrew Dillon said on Tuesday night.

“Most importantly, he will be remembered for the great, caring person that he was,” he said.

Police continued combing the Bungonia property for evidence before wrapping up a search of the site on Wednesday.

Lamarre-Condon moved the bodies from another location because of his “inability to dispose of them” there, Assistant Commissioner Michael Fitzgerald said.

Broadcaster Hamish McDonald paid tribute to Baird, with whom he occasionally shared a dressing room when the pair worked together at Network Ten.

“There’s not a single person that didn’t love him at work,” he told ABC Radio.

Gun safety processes within the NSW Police Force are being reviewed amid allegations the accused used his police-issued firearm to kill the couple.

Webb said she was looking to move quickly on the issue.

“This person has been deceptive in the way he’s gone about the access to the firearm – that is not the behaviour we see of police officers doing their job every day,” she told Nine’s Today program.

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