Two more charged over Tamworth policeman's shooting

THE girlfriend of accused gunman Michael Jacobs allegedly told her son to flush firearm cartridges down the toilet after Mr Jacobs’ arrest for the shooting death of Senior Constable David Rixon.

Sharon Strudwick, 47, and her son James William Strudwick, 22, were arrested by Sydney detectives at their flat in Tamworth yesterday morning and appeared in court yesterday afternoon.

They’ve each been charged with being an accessory after the fact to murder and hindering the discovery of evidence.

It’s alleged they tried to conceal gun cartridges linked to the March 2 death of Tamworth highway patrol officer Rixon.

Mr Jacobs was charged with murder last month.

Mr Strudwick pleaded not guilty to both his charges and was granted conditional bail yesterday after the court heard he had no prior convictions and strong ties to the Tamworth community.

Ms Strudwick had her bail refused after the registrar took into account that her alleged involvement was of a ‘‘much higher degree’’ and because of the seriousness of the charges.

She faces an additional charge of possessing ammunition without a permit.

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