A MAN who had spent the day in Portland and left shortly before his suspected murder owed more than $120,000 in drug debts.
Suspected murder victim Gordon Hamm was an “ice” dealer in MountGambier and owed money to at least three different parties at the time of his disappearance, a court has heard.
The 34-year-old MountGambier man has not been seen since he was allegedly abducted from a car by two men on the Nelson bridge in the early hours of July 17 last year.
His body is yet to be recovered, but three fellow MountGambier men are facing a committal hearing in Warrnambool Magistrates Court this week.
Thai Thorp, 21, is charged with attempting to pervert the course of justice and being an accessory to murder while 35-year-old Mark Moreland and 29-year-old Christopher Tippens are both charged with murder.
A fellow ice dealer, formerly of MountGambier, told the court Mr Hamm had racked up “a lot of debts” through buying the methampetamine and attempting to sell it at a profit.
Read the full story in Wednesday’s Portland Observer.