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Australia Terowie murderer sentenced to life in prison for killing relative Martin Meffert

05:45  28 october  2019
05:45  28 october  2019 Source:   abc.net.au

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a close up of a person: Martin Meffert was murdered after disappearing in February 2005. ()© Provided by Australian Broadcasting Corporation Martin Meffert was murdered after disappearing in February 2005. ()

A 31-year-old man has been sentenced to life in prison for murdering a relative whose bones were found in the fireplace of a home in South Australia's Mid North eight years later.

The man cannot be identified because he was a teenager when he murdered 23-year-old Martin Meffert, sometime between February and October in 2005.

Mr Meffert was last seen on February 8, 2005, when he got onto a bus travelling from Adelaide to Terowie.

His killer was arrested in September last year following a breakthrough in the cold case.

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On Monday, the 31-year-old pleaded guilty in Adelaide's Supreme Court to murder.

Justice David Peek ordered him to serve the mandatory sentence for murder of life in prison.

The court will hear submissions in March on what non-parole period should be imposed on the man.

Police found half of Mr Meffert's skeletal remains in the fireplace of a Terowie home in October 2013.

Police claimed more than $136,000 in disability pension payments were paid into Mr Meffert's bank account and withdrawn after his death.

During a bail application last year, prosecutors told the Port Augusta Magistrates Court that witnesses saw the man using Mr Meffert's bank card and that he had bragged about having two Centrelink accounts.

In the years before the bones were discovered, the man had pulled out a box with a human skull inside to show a friend "like show and tell", the court was told.

It also previously heard that the man told a witness that "something happened in a caravan" and that he needed to clean it with methylated spirits before it was sold.

The court heard Mr Meffert failed to respond to Centrelink requests after February 8, 2005, and at the end of October that year his pension was cut off.

In 2006, his killer allegedly provided Centrelink with the required medical forms and had the pension payments reinstated.

However, the court heard he was not facing any Commonwealth fraud charges.

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