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Australia Man charged with murdering Canberra Comanchero leader faces court as police conduct search for further evidence

07:26  06 august  2020
07:26  06 august  2020 Source:   abc.net.au

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A man accused of killing a Canberra bikie boss in front of hundreds of people at a popular nightspot last month has faced court charged with his murder.

Frederick Tuifua, 26, is accused of stabbing Canberra Comanchero commander Pitsoni Ulavalu in the neck during a brawl at Kokomo's bar in the early hours of July 19.

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The 48-year-old stumbled outside before he collapsed and died on the road. The brawl was captured on CCTV and recorded on mobile phones.

Mr Tuifua appeared in the ACT Magistrates Court via video link this morning facing a murder charge.

He did not apply for bail or enter a plea.

Osaiasi Kupu, 23, and Matthew Kupu, 22, also faced the Magistrates Court over their alleged role in the brawl inside the bar.

Both men have been charged with affray and neither applied for bail.

The trio were arrested on Tuesday night after they escorted a fourth man, who had multiple gunshot wounds, to the emergency department.

All three men are due to face court again later this month.

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As the trio faced court, police and State Emergency Services workers were conducting a large-scale search in Haig Park.

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In a statement, ACT Policing said searches in the suburbs of Braddon and Turner would continue "over the next few days", in a bid to find additional evidence in relation to Mr Ulavalu's murder.

"The investigation into the murder of Pitasoni Ulavalu remains ongoing and … detectives anticipate making further arrests," an ACT Policing spokeswoman said.

ACT police's criminal investigations boss Detective Superintendent Scott Moller said yesterday that the three men facing court had links to the Comanchero outlaw motorcycle gang.

"We've been looking at a group of men for some time and the opportunity at the hospital presented itself and he was arrested," he said.

Chief Police Officer Deputy Commissioner Neil Gaughan said police were "also investigating" the incident that had led to the fourth man sustaining gunshot wounds.

"We don't know much about the actual shooting," Deputy Commissioner Gaughan said on Wednesday.

"He was brought in by three male persons ... wanted for the affray at Kokomo's a couple of weeks ago."

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