THE last time Craig Stamp spoke with his older brother he was busy getting ready for a new job in the Northern Territory.
But, a few days later, Paul John Stamp’s remains were found by police in the boot of a burnt-out car in the Darwin suburb of Winnellie.
Craig Stamp said he was struggling to comprehend why his brother was found in such a predicament.
‘‘It’s just insane. He just had a big heart and loved everyone,’’ he said.
‘‘He always tried hard to please everyone.’’
Paul Stamp, 46, grew up in Eleebana but had been travelling Australia for work for the past six years.
He had been in Darwin for only eight days after being set up with a job in the goldmines.
‘‘I spoke to him on Saturday, a mate had organised a job for him and found him an apartment. It was a new opportunity for him,’’ Craig Stamp said.
‘‘The last I heard from him was when he sent me a text on Tuesday for my son’s birthday, and then it happened that night.’’
Police found Paul Stamp’s charred remains on Wednesday morning and have arrested two men in connection with the death, but charges are yet to be laid.
One of the arrested men was taken to hospital suffering burns.
Craig Stamp said he and Paul grew up together in Lake Macquarie with the same group of mates.
‘‘He was two years older than me and because we were so close we had the same mates for 40 years,’’ he said.
‘‘If there’s one thing people should know about Paul it’s that he had a heart as big as Phar Lap, but not everybody knew that.’’
Mr Stamp said he wanted to see those responsible for his brother’s death charged with first degree murder.
The body would be cremated in Darwin before the remains were sent to Newcastle for a service, he said.
Paul’s father Jack Stamp, 71, said he was also at a loss to know why his son died.