NSW Police Commissioner issues statement on alleged murder of Jesse Baird and Luke Davies

NSW’s top cop has issued a “heartfelt” statement on the deaths of a Sydney couple who were allegedly murdered by a police officer.

Officers are still working overtime to find the bodies of former Channel 10 presenter Jesse Baird, 26, and flight attendant Luke Davies, 29.

Police have charged Baird’s ex-partner Beau Lamarre-Condon, 28, with two counts of murder and allege he used his police-issued glock in the killings the alleged murder.

On Sunday afternoon NSW Police Commissioner Karen Webb issued a statement in which she called on the community to “have patience” as police continue their investigations. She also said had been left saddened and shocked by the horrific deaths.

“I would like to extend my heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of Luke Davies and Jesse Baird. It is difficult to comprehend the grief and pain of their loss,” she said.

“I acknowledge this week’s events are distressing for many and I share the sadness and shock about the alleged nature of Luke and Jesse’s deaths.

“I understand there are many unanswered questions and while I cannot comment on the matter before the courts, I can reassure Luke and Jesse’s loved ones, and the people of NSW, that we are working around the clock to find those answers.”

She also urged anyone with information to come forward and contact the police.

On Sunday, it was reported by The Daily Telegraph that Mr Lamarre-Condon used Mr Baird’s phone to text his housemates that he was moving to Perth.

The texts were sent on Thursday, which initially led police to believe the former entertainment presenter was still alive.

A second message reportedly asked his housemate to put his belongings out on the street and said he would send cleaners to the home on Thursday.

Police were first notified of the suspected homicide after they found the bloodied clothes and possessions belonging to Mr Baird and Mr Davies in a Cronulla skip bin on Wednesday.

Earlier on Sunday, Ms Webb also issued an apology for the failings of police to “adequately and fairly” investigate crimes committed against members of the state’s LGBTQI+ community.

The comments were in relation to the Special Commission of Inquiry into LGBTIQ hate crimes in NSW, which investigated whether gay hate bias was involved in the 34 suspicious deaths and unsolved deaths between 1970 and 2010.

Ms Webb acknowledged the “increased suffering experienced by victims and their families where the crimes were motivated by bias against members of the LGBTIQ community”.

“To the victims and families that NSW Police failed by not adequately and fairly investigating those deaths between 1970 and 2010, I am sorry,” she said.

“I apologise for the gaps in those investigative processes where records and exhibits were lost or not examined with enough rigour.”

“I realise that this has meant missed opportunities to identify possible offenders as new leads emerged or as new forensic advances became available.”

She also vowed that police do better.

“I assure the LGBTIQ community that under my leadership, NSW Police will use these lessons to continue to improve the way it serves all members of the community with respect, fairness, and inclusivity,” she said.

“The mistakes of the past will not define our future.”

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