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.
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.