Police charge man, 35, with murder over death of 23-year-old Wade Still

Police prepare to conduct a line search to look for evidence at Oakdale Road on Tuesday.
Police prepare to conduct a line search to look for evidence at Oakdale Road on Tuesday.

A man has been charged with murder over the death of 23-year-old Belmont man Wade Still.

Police will allege the 35-year-old was known to Mr Still, who was found with extensive burns at the side of Oakdale Road, Whitebridge, by a passing taxi driver at about 1am on Monday.

Mr Still died as he was being flown to Sydney’s Royal North Shore Hospital, where he was being taken because of the extent of his injuries. 

Police from Lake Macquarie, Newcastle and the State Crime Command’s homicide squad formed Strike Force Yaraandoo within hours after Mr Still’s death, which police believed to be suspicious.

Wade Still died on Monday after being found extensively burnt by the side of the road at Whitebridge.

Wade Still died on Monday after being found extensively burnt by the side of the road at Whitebridge.

Investigators put out a public call for information to help find out how Mr Still sustained his injuries.

A 35-year-old man was charged with murder on Tuesday, with police confirming the charge late on Tuesday night.

“The two men were alleged to be known to each other,” a statement from police said on Tuesday night.

The 35-year-old was refused bail will face Newcastle Local Court on Wednesday.

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