NSW Police Commissioner Karen Webb’s shock admission after backlash over double alleged murder investigation

NSW Police Commissioner Karen Webb has rejected criticism of her handling of a double murder investigation in the city’s eastern suburbs.

Beaumont Lamarre-Condon, 28, is behind bars after being charged last week with the murders of former Ten reporter Baird, 26, and his partner Davies, 29, on Monday, February 19.

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While the investigation into the alleged murders, which have deeply shocked the wider Sydney community, is still ongoing, Webb has received widespread backlash for her handling of the case.

This has included calls for the commissioner to step down after she failed to address the public in the wake of the murders, however, Webb defended her actions during the investigation on Sunrise on Tuesday.

“It is still a live investigation … as I said, it is very complex,” she said.

When asked if she believed the backlash was justified, Webb said there would “always be haters”.

“Haters like to hate … isn’t that was Taylor Swift says?” she said.

“But I’ve got a job to do … and as I said, it’s a big job.”

NSW Police Commissioner Karen Webb has addressed concerns from the community over her handling of a double murder investigation in the city’s eastern suburbs.  Credit: 7NEWS

Webb added she had spoken to Jesse Baird’s and Luke Davies’ families about the investigation.

“If they are watching this show this morning, I want them to know that we are doing everything possible to find Jesse and Luke,” she said.

As the investigation continues, NSW Police have been officially uninvited from marching at this weekend’s Mardi Gras Parade.

The decision ends 20 years of involvement by the Force.

Webb said she found the move illogical, adding the whole organisation should not be tainted by the alleged actions of one individual.

Search continues

Meanwhile, the search for Baird and Davies’ bodies has continued with police efforts previously focussed on a Bungonia property in the Southern Tablelands, visited by Lamarre-Condon and a female friend on Wednesday.

Officers then arrived at the Grays Point property on Monday afternoon, where it is understood they requested CCTV footage from residents in the area — particularly those along Dents Creek — taken on Wednesday and Thursday last week.

Police helicopters also formed part of the search on Monday, focussing on the Port Hacking area.

So far, the search has stretched from Newcastle through the inner-city Sydney suburbs of Balmain, Paddington and Waterloo, down to Cronulla, Grays Point and Bungonia.

The couple’s bloodied possessions were discovered in a skip bin in Cronulla on Wednesday, February 21 — the same day Lamarre-Condon allegedly drove to Bungonia, about two hours southwest of Sydney, with an acquaintance, in the van he had hired.

The acquaintance allegedly helped Lamarre-Condon buy an angle grinder and a padlock from a local hardware store before the pair drove to Bungonia.

Constable Beau Lamarre-Condon taking part in the 42nd annual Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade in 2020. File image. Credit: JAMES GOURLEY/AAPIMAGE

Police said the angle grinder was used to cut a padlock from the property’s gate, and the damaged padlock was replaced with the one the pair bought from the hardware store.

About 11pm, he then bought weights from a department store and returned to the rural property.

Police believe Lamarre-Condon then left the area at 4.30am Thursday, February 22, when he then allegedly drove to Newcastle in the van and asked another acquaintance if he could borrow a hose to clean the vehicle.

Lamarre-Condon then returned to Sydney about 6.15am the following day, before handing himself in to police about 10.30am.

It is believed the 28-year-old drove back to the Bungonia property, allegedly retrieved the bodies and disposed of them somewhere else before handing himself in.

Lamarre-Condon is refusing to co-operate with police, and is yet to reveal where he allegedly hid the bodies of Baird and Davies.

The 28-year-old was charged with two counts of murder following the men’s disappearance.

Lamarre-Condon did not make a bail application when he appeared at Waverley Local Court on Friday, and his matter was next set down for April 23 in Downing Centre Local Court.

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