Cop accused of killing Sydney couple back in court

Lamarre-Condon's lawyer John Walford outside court

Source: AAP

A former police officer accused of killing a Sydney couple is yet to enter a plea to double murder charges, as his lawyer admits things are “a bit tough” at the moment.

Qantas flight attendant Luke Davies, 29, and his TV presenter partner Jesse Baird, 26, died in Sydney’s east when Beaumont Lamarre-Condon allegedly shot them with his service weapon while off duty in February.

The crime was allegedly committed in Baird’s home in inner-city Paddington.

Lamarre-Condon, 28 and then a senior constable, was sacked from the NSW Police Force after he was arrested and charged with both men’s murders. He remains in custody.

Lamarre-Condon’s lawyer John Walford appeared before Sydney’s Downing Centre Local Court on Tuesday.

He told Deputy Chief Magistrate Sharon Freund that his client had received only a partial brief of evidence from police.

Freund adjourned the case for eight weeks, as requested by police prosecutors.

The case will return to court on June 18.

Outside court, Walford did not say whether his client would plead guilty or not guilty. But he said Lamarre-Condon was all right, given the circumstances.

“It’s a bit tough for him at the moment,” he said.

When asked if the charges were defendable, Walford said “it could be”.

He said Lamarre-Condon’s defence would probably include mental health.

Tuesday’s developments come after Davies was remembered at a memorial service in Brisbane on Sunday.

Baird was farewelled at a funeral in Melbourne in March.

Those who knew the couple spoke fondly of them, wanting them remembered as they lived rather than for their tragic ends.

Police have alleged Lamarre-Condon’s February 19 attack was premeditated after a months-long campaign of “predatory behaviour” targeting Baird, whom he briefly dated.

The couple’s bodies were found on February 27 inside surfboard bags at the fence line of a rural property at Bungonia, near Goulburn, about 200 kilometres south-west of Sydney.

Lamarre-Condon joined NSW Police in 2019 and previously ran a celebrity blog, posing with dozens of A-listers including Taylor Swift, Selena Gomez, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus and Harry Styles.


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