Melloney murder arrest: man in court

Melloney murder arrest: man in court

Cameron Scott yesterday.

A MAN was yesterday arrested and charged with the 2004 murder of Fairlight woman Melloney Menhennitt, whose skeletal remains were found at North Head on September 26 last year.

Police are also still seeking another man, a 29-year-old, in relation to the matter.

In a dawn raid detectives from the Homicide Squad and Manly police arrested Cameron Scott, 42, at 5.45 at a Fairlight boarding house yesterday.

He was taken to Manly police station and interviewed before he was later charged with one count of murder. Scott, of no fixed address, appeared briefly in Manly Court yesterday afternoon in front of Magistrate David Armati.

He did not enter a plea and did not apply for bail. Bail was refused.

Magistrate Armati adjourned the matter until next Wednesday at Central Local Court.

Police believe Ms Menhennitt, then aged 23, was murdered in a flat in Darley Rd, Manly, at 5.50am on March 12, 2004.

The previous night she was seen in her white Ford Falcon with another woman and two men. Scott was allegedly one of the men.

The group drove to a unit in Darley Rd, where an argument allegedly broke out early the next morning.

At 5.30am on March 12, nearby residents allegedly heard a group arguing and a woman screaming. A police patrol car responded to the report but found nothing.

Ms Menhennitt’s car was later recovered, as were several personal items.

Ms Menhennitt was reported missing to police by her parents on March 24, 2004, after they had not heard from her.

Police searched bushland at North Head in April and May 2005, concentrating on the northern part between Shelly Beach headland and the police college at Spring Cove, and in August 2006 a cadaver dog was used during a search of a house in Sydney Rd at Fairlight, but nothing was found.

Then, on September 26 last year, a skeleton was found in thick bush at North Head about 60m south of the North Head Scenic Drive and about 100m west of the entrance to North Fort.
The remains were later identified as being those of Ms Menhennitt.

Investigations by Strike Force Glenidol, established in May 2004 to investigate the circumstances surrounding Ms Menhennitt’s disappearance and alleged murder, intensified following the discovery of her remains and led to yesterday’s arrest.

Homicide Squad acting commander, Detective-Superintendent Mick Sheehy, yesterday said police were still seeking the 29-year-old man, who they believe can help with their inquiries. A description of the second man has not been released.

Police also wish to speak with the woman who is believed to have seen Ms Menhennitt the night she went missing, although police do not believe she had anything to do with the alleged murder.

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