THE third man allegedly involved in the murder of Gordon Hamm was placed in a cell with undercover police officers in a bid to secure more information, a court has heard.
Tai Thorp, 21, on Thursday pleaded not guilty in Warrnambool Magistrates’ Court to being an accessory to murder and attempting to pervert the course of justice.
A magistrate rejected defence barrister Steve Preece’s claim there was not enough evidence to find Mr Thorp culpable and committed the accused to stand trial in front of a jury.
Earlier last week, Mr Preece flagged a bail application for his client, but the defence’s witness could not make it to court on Thursday and the application was abandoned.
On Wednesday, the court heard Mr Thorp’s vehicle was identified as one of two four-wheel-drives seen on the Nelson bridge on the morning of July 17 last year when Mr Hamm disappeared.
Detective Senior Constable Aaron Roche confirmed the police view that Mr Thorp phoned alleged murderer Christopher Tippens on July 17 to inform him that he had reported the car as stolen.