Two people charged over 2009 murder of Shane Barker
Following an extensive investigation spanning more than a decade, Tasmania Police has today arrested and charged two people with the 2009 murder of 36 year old Campbell Town man Shane Geoffrey Barker.
Mr Barker was last seen in Campbell Town in the state’s northern midlands in the early evening of 2 August 2009. His body with a number of gunshot wounds was located inside his home the following morning.
Early this morning, police arrested a 68 year old man and a 65 year old woman at a Swansea property. They have both been charged with the murder of Mr Barker and will appear before the Hobart Magistrates Court this afternoon.
Acting Assistant Commissioner Ian Whish-Wilson said the arrest was the culmination of a lengthy investigation by the Serious Organised Crime Division.
“The investigation has been complex and a team of dedicated investigators have worked tirelessly to ensure the family of Mr Barker, have confidence that Tasmania Police has conducted a thorough and exhaustive inquiry. Police have maintained close contact with Mr Barker’s family during the investigation.
“I would like to thank the investigation team for their commitment to this case. Their determination to bring those allegedly responsible for Mr Barker’s death to justice is commendable,” said Acting Assistant Commissioner Whish-Wilson.
“As the matter is now before the court, we’re unable to make any further comment,” Acting Assistant Commissioner Whish-Wilson said.
The man and woman are due to appear in the Hobart Magistrates Court later today, each charged with one count of murder.