A second man has been charged in relation to the alleged murder of another man in Laguna earlier this year.

John Simpson was reported missing to police in April 2023, after he was last seen on Great North Road in Laguna.

As part of inquiries, officers conducted a search of a nearby property, where they located the 42-year-old’s body in May. 

Initial inquiries suggest Mr. Simpson suffered a fatal gunshot wound.

A 34-year-old man was arrested and charged with murder earlier this year and remains before the courts. 

Following further investigation, Strike Force Blakey detectives arrested a 49-year-old man at Cessnock Police Station yesterday (Tuesday the 14th of November, 2023). 

He was charged with accessory after the fact of murder and refused bail to appear at Cessnock Local Court today.