CCTV reveals key moments of alleged double murder

Source: AAP

A neighbour of slain TV presenter Jesse Baird has shared CCTV which appears to reveal how many shots were fired on the morning Baird and his boyfriend Luke Davies were allegedly murdered.

The cameras were positioned on a home about 150 metres from Baird’s Sydney terrace sharehouse in Brown Street, Paddington.

Days after the alleged murder, the property owner went through the footage and discovered what could be audio evidence of the time and method of the killings.

Radio host Ben Fordham made the revelation on 2GB on Thursday after the station was contacted by the neighbour.

Police have not yet confirmed how many shots were fired by accused killer Beau Lamarre-Condon, 28, using his police-issue service weapon.

However Fordham said the security cameras outside the house captured what sounded like three gunshots just after 9.30am on the morning of Monday 19 February.

The shots happened “in just a few seconds”, with an initial shot followed by two quicker shots.

Upon making the discovery, the property owner contacted police who immediately collected the material.

Fordham said a police source confirmed that the three gunshot sounds on the tape corroborated what police suspected.

In other developments, The Daily Telegraph reports police allegations that a fortnight before the alleged double murder, Lamarre-Condon stole bullets from a firing range.

This was allegedly so he could return the police-issued Glock and magazine to the Balmain police station without any bullets missing.

NSW Police Commissioner Karen Webb came under heavy questioning on ABC’s 7.30 on Wednesday over the protocols of dispensing police weapons.

7.30 host Sarah Ferguson asked if Lamarre-Condon had an approved gun safe at home which a prerequisite of taking out a police weapon for several days.

Webb admitted she was unaware if Lamarre-Condon had an approved safe, and whether he had his commander’s approval to check the weapon out from Friday to Tuesday.

Meanwhile a former colleague of Lamarre-Condon, who lives at Newcastle, reportedly tipped off police when the senior constable turned up on her doorstep behaving strangely on Thursday night as a police search for the missing couple was underway.

Police allege Lamarre-Condon visited Renee Fortuna in Newcastle after disposing of the bodies and asked to borrow a hose to clean out the Toyota Hiace.

“That person is a former officer,” Assistant Commissioner Michael Fitzgerald told 10 News.

“After the accused attended her house, she became suspicious of what his motives were and (about) some of his statements.

“And she subsequently contacted Crime Stoppers straight after that.”

The bodies of Jesse Baird, 26, and Luke Davies, 29, were found inside surfboard bags at the fence line of a rural property in Bungonia near Goulburn, about 200km southwest of the city, on Tuesday.

Lamarre-Condon, 28, is in custody after being charged with killing the couple at Baird’s home in Paddington in Sydney’s east on February 19.

Police will allege Baird’s murder was premeditated and that Davies was in the wrong place at the wrong time.

“We will be strongly claiming in our case that this murder was premeditated and the second murder occurred because of, unfortunately, Luke’s presence at the house,” Fitzgerald told Nine News on Thursday.

The men were allegedly shot by Lamarre-Condon, a senior constable, with a police-issued firearm before their bodies were transported to the rural property.

Police also allege that two days before, the accused purchased a surfboard cover at a store at Miranda in Sydney’s south to carry Baird’s body.

“Following the incidents and the murders, he went back and bought a further surfboard cover,” Fitzgerald alleged.

Webb has confirmed the accused was been served a notice for his dismissal from the force.

“I’ve actually today read a segment of his file and I have signed – and it has been served, he has been served today in custody – a show-cause notice for his dismissal,” Webb told ABC 7.30 on Wednesday.

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