Banora man arrested for Glen Alpine murder

UPDATE Friday 9:35am:

A BANORA Point resident is one of five people arrested in relation to the alleged contract killing of a Crown witness three years ago.

On Wednesday police arrested Maximillian Mazzilli in Wiley Park.

He was refused bail and the matter was adjourned till next month.

INITIAL REPORT Thursday 4:30pm:

A TWEED Heads resident was one of three men arrested in connection to the murder of a Crown witness three years ago.

Gemahl Maika, 38, was a Crown witness in relation to Operation Schoale - a NSW Police Force investigation into a multi-million dollar cocaine supply syndicate.

He was found dead with a number of gunshot wounds on the front lawn of his home in Nepean Towers Avenue, Glen Alpine, April 6, 2011.

On Wednesday police arrested a 33-year-old man from Tweed Heads in Wiley Park, a 29-year-old man from Peakhurst, and a 46-year-old man from Sydney.

The 33-year-old and 29-year-old men have been charged with murder, with the 29-year-old also charged with accessory before the fact to murder.

The 46-year-old man was charged with accessory before the fact to murder.

All three have been refused bail and were expected to appear in Parramatta Local Court today.

The Commander of the Homicide Squad, Detective Superintendent Mick Willing, commended Strike Force Hedgegrow detectives for their work.

"The dedication and sheer determination of the men and women working on this investigation has been exemplary," Detective Superintendent Willing said.

The investigation by Strike Force Hedgegrow continues and more arrests are expected.

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