Man accused of murder where body was found in a ute tray
THE alleged murderer of a man whose deceased body was found in the back of a ute on the North Coast has appeared in court.
Hohepa Bean, 43, has been accused of fatally shooting Darren Boardman, 40, during a heated argument at a home in Dundurrabin, west of Coffs Harbour, in October.
Police said ambulance paramedics found the body while responding to reports of a crash involving the ute at Armidale Rd.
Boardman had been shot in the torso with a small calibre firearm.
The driver of the ute, a 37-year-old female, was arrested by police and released hours later.
Police arrested Bean days later while he was walking along Park Ave in Coffs Harbour.
It is understood all three parties were known to each other.
Bean will remain in custody following his appearance at Coffs Harbour Local Court on Tuesday.
He is set to face the court again via audio visual link on March 12.