A man has appeared in court in Australia charged with the murder this week of Sligo man Damian Conlon.
Luke Simon, 57, appeared before Bathurst Local Court yesterday and was remanded in custody until April 5. He was refused bail. The court heard there were health concerns about Mr Simon.
Mr Simon was well known to Mr Conlon for several years and is related to Mr Conlon’s partner – who lived in the same house as the Irish man.
Yesterday, she posted a photo of herself with him on social media as a tribute. Mr Conlon, who was in his late 30s, was shot dead at Jenolan Street in Oberon, New South Wales, about 200km northwest of Sydney, at 9pm Irish time on Wednesday. He was treated by ambulance paramedics but died at the scene.
A neighbour a few doors away, Tammy Gabanski- Griffiths, told the Irish Daily Mail that Oberon is a very quiet area and that people weren’t used to such violence in their town, which has a population of just over 3,000.
‘My family and friends were concerned when they saw my street named [in the media]. It happened just up the road from my house. Nothing like this normally happens in Oberon,’ she said.
Mr Conlon had only recently acquired his Australian citizenship. He had been a barman in Sligo town and had an interest in restoring cars before moving to Australia to work as a digger driver.
His family live in Summerhill in Sligo town and are originally from St Joseph’s in Fort Hill, also in Sligo town. Mr Conlon is survived by two older brothers, who are also in their 30s. One is in the Irish Army and the other restores old cars in Sligo town.
Mr Conlon attended Summerhill College in Sligo before moving to Bathurst in New South Wales which is 40km from Oberon.
Australian TV news footage yesterday showed police examining Mr Conlon’s house, where he lived with his partner. It is a one-storey wooden house with a large, fenced front porch.
The Department of Foreign Affairs said it is ‘aware of the case and is providing consular assistance. ‘As with all consular cases, the Department does not comment on the details of individual cases,’ it said.