Patrick Allen Boon to stay in custody, charged with murdering Fred Tuffs on job site off Culgoora Rd, Wee Waa

Murder charge: Patrick Allen Boon was arrested after police surrounded the Imperial Hotel in Wee Waa in June, and inset, Fred Tuffs.
Murder charge: Patrick Allen Boon was arrested after police surrounded the Imperial Hotel in Wee Waa in June, and inset, Fred Tuffs.

THE man accused of murdering a co-worker with a sledgehammer on the job will remain behind bars until at least next year after his case was adjourned.

Patrick Allan Boon is being held in custody and did not appear in Moree Local Court when his case was briefly mentioned.

Mr Tuffs was allegedly set upon at the worksite for the new $41 million Cotton Seed Distributors off Culgoora Road at Wee Waa on June 13, where they were both working.

Boon then allegedly armed himself with a .323 bolt-action rifle and went to the Imperial Hotel in Rose Street, Wee Waa, triggering a siege with police. He was arrested shortly after.

Police from Strike Force Magna – the operation set-up by Barwon detectives to investigate Mr Tuffs’ death – recovered the sledgehammer as well as the wrench they allege Boon attacked his co-worker with. 

Boon was initially charged with wounding with intent to murder, but his charges were upgraded to murder a day later after Mr Tuffs died from massive head injuries. He has not been charged with any firearms offences and has not been required to enter a plea to the charges.

During the brief court mention, Magistrate Michael Dakin adjourned the case to January.

Boon made no application for bail and it was formally refused.