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Australian police officer allegedly murdered ex-boyfriend then sent texts from his phone

Senior Constable Beau Lamarre-Condon
Senior Constable Beau Lamarre-Condon has not entered a plea - James Gourley/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock

An Australian police officer who allegedly murdered his former boyfriend sent messages from the man’s phone suggesting that he was moving to Western Australia in an apparent attempt to throw investigators off his trail, police have said.

Senior Constable Beau Lamarre-Condon is accused of shooting dead Jesse Baird, his ex-lover, and Luke Davies, Mr Baird’s new partner, a week ago.

The policeman is alleged to have shot them dead in a house in Paddington, an upmarket area of Sydney, last Monday.

In the hours after the alleged double murder, police say he sent messages from Mr Baird’s mobile phone, telling friends that he had decided to move across the country to Perth.

Police believe that, two days later, Lamarre-Condon used a white rental van to drive the bodies to a farm in Bungonia, near Goulburn, about 125 miles south-west of Sydney.

Police officers work at the crime scene in Paddington, Sydney
Police officers at the crime scene in Paddington, Sydney - Stringer/via Reuters

Detectives allege that the police officer returned to the property a day later after buying weights from a department store.

They think that Lamarre-Condon used the weights to sink the bodies in a body of water.

Police say he also bought an angle grinder and a padlock from a hardware shop near Bungonia.

“The angle grinder was used to sever a padlock from the gate of a rural property and subsequently the padlock was replaced with a padlock purchased from the hardware store,” said David Hudson, the deputy commissioner of New South Wales police.

Police divers searched several reservoirs and ponds on farmland on Monday as they continued to hunt for the bodies.

“It’s our number one priority to try and locate Jesse and Luke to give the families some solace,” said Mr Hudson.

Lamarre-Condon, 28, has not revealed what he allegedly did with the bodies. On Friday, he was charged with the murders of the two men. He has not entered a plea.

Beau Lamarre-Condon is charged with the murders of two men
Beau Lamarre-Condon is charged with the murders of two men

He had been in a relationship with Mr Baird, 26, a former TV presenter, but it ended a few months ago. Since then, Mr Baird had struck up a relationship with Mr Davies, 29, a Qantas flight attendant.

A bullet case found in Mr Baird’s home matched Lamarre-Condon’s police issue pistol, which he had signed out of a gun safe prior to the alleged murders.

The alarm was first raised when the couple’s bloodstained possessions, including a phone, wallet, credit cards and a set of keys, were found in a rubbish container on the southern outskirts of Sydney, about 20 miles from the crime scene.

Detectives initially suspected that Mr Baird had killed his new partner, Mr Davies, after they found messages on Mr Baird’s phone telling friends that he was moving to Perth to start a new life.

Luke Davies (left) and Jesse Baird (right)
The bodies of Luke Davies (left) and Jesse Baird (right) are yet to be found - UNPIXS

But they now believe Lamarre-Condon sent the messages to divert suspicion after he allegedly shot dead the couple.

Before joining the police in 2019, the officer was a celebrity blogger. He had been photographed posing with celebrities like Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus and Harry Styles. He attended red carpet events, interviewed the American actor Ben Stiller and was described by one gossip magazine as “Australia’s biggest fan”.

Karen Webb, the commissioner of New South Wales police, appealed for any witnesses to come forward to “help those families understand where their loved ones are and what happened”.