Two more charged over alleged murder of Noel Joseph Taylor in Yanchep

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Noel Taylor’s body was found in his burnt out Holden Rodeo in Yanchep in March.
Camera IconNoel Taylor’s body was found in his burnt out Holden Rodeo in Yanchep in March. Credit: unknown/supplied

A 35-year-old man who faced court this morning charged with murder over the discovery of a body in his burnt-out car in Yanchep National Park is the son of a woman already facing a murder count over the death.

Raymond George Gittos, 35, appeared in Joondalup Magistrate’s Court this morning on charges of murder and criminal damage by fire related to the death of Noel Joseph Taylor, whose body was discovered in remote bush north of Perth on March 8.

It is understood Mr Gittos was arrested on March 11, during a raid on the victim’s Merriwa home but was only charged with murder yesterday.

A red Hyundai SUV was also seized during the raid.

Three people have been charged with Noel Taylor’s alleged murder.
Camera IconThree people have been charged with Noel Taylor’s alleged murder. Credit: 7NEWS/7NEWS

The new charges against Mr Gittos and a 55-year-old man who is yet to be identified come after Homicide detectives previously charged their 61-year-old co-accused Lynette Joy Taylor, who was the victim’s estranged partner.

Mr Gittos, who appeared via video link from Hakea Prison, spoke only to confirm his name and was remanded in custody to next appear on the same date as Ms Taylor in Stirling Gardens Magistrate’s Court on April 29.

Their 55-year-old co-accused will face court for the first time on Monday.

It is understood Mr Gittos is Ms Taylor’s son but not related by blood to the victim.

Ms Taylor was charged on March 19, just a day after she posted a heartfelt tribute to the victim on Facebook.

Homicide detectives have been investigating since Mr Taylor was found dead in his burnt out Holden Rodeo on March 8. It was revealed during Ms Taylor’s first court appearance last month that police allege Mr Taylor was killed 11 days earlier, on February 27. His family had said he had been missing since that time.

Mr Taylor’s nephew, Cowan Bonson, previously said “we hope justice is served in this matter, for family who are still mourning the loss of their beloved uncle and father”.

“He was a hard working man and this has just been a shock to everyone, completely unexpected that something like this would happen.

“We just hope that justice runs its course and the proper outcome is reached.”

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