Divers search for bodies of couple allegedly shot by former celebrity blogger turned police officer

Rod McGuirk
Monday 26 February 2024 13:58 GMT
Police officer hands himself in to station charged with murder of Jesse Baird and boyfriend

Police divers are searching inland waterways for the bodies of a same-sex couple allegedly shot dead in Sydney a week earlier by a jilted police officer lover, former celebrity blogger, with his service pistol.

Police allege former television reporter Jesse Baird, 26, and his flight attendant partner Luke Davies, 29, were shot dead in Baird’s shared house in the inner-Sydney suburb of Paddington on Monday last week, New South Wales Police Force Deputy Commissioner David Hudson said.

Neighbors reported hearing one or more gunshots.

Senior-Constable Beau Lamarre-Condon was charged on Friday with the murders of both. He has not entered a plea or applied for release on bail.

Lamarre-Condon, 28, had been in a relationship with Baird that ended late last year.

He joined the police force in 2019, before that he was a celebrity blogger with photos posted online showing him posing with dozens of A-listers including Taylor Swift, Selena Gomez, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus and Harry Styles.

Police conduct a line search near a body of water on a rural property near Bungonia (AAP IMAGE)

Police suspect Lamarre-Condon took the bodies in a rented van to a rural property in Bungonia near Goulburn, around 200 kilometers (124 miles) southwest of Sydney on Wednesday.

Police allege he returned to the property on Thursday after buying weights from a department store that detectives suspect were used to sink the bodies in a waterway.

Police divers searched a number of reservoirs on farms in the Bungonia region on Monday.

“It’s our number one priority to try and locate Jesse and Luke to give the families some solace,” Hudson told reporters.

Lamarre-Condon was following legal advice by refusing to speak to police, Hudson said.

A bullet case found in Baird’s home matched the pistol Lamarre-Condon signed out of a police gun safe on Thursday Feb. 15 and returned on Tuesday, Feb. 20.

A man looks at floral tributes in Sydney, on Monday, at the Paddington residence of Jesse Baird (AAP IMAGE)

Police Commissioner Karen Webb said the rules that allowed the police officer to allegedly use the gun in a violent crime while he was off duty were being reviewed.

“It’s a failure if someone has used their service firearm in the manner that’s alleged, which is why it’s necessary to have a review,” Webb said.

The board of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras is considering calls for police to be banned from marching in this year’s annual parade on March 2 in response to the alleged police murder of a gay couple.

Webb said police officers should be allowed to march.

“We have been participating in Mardi Gras for the last 20 years and haven’t missed a year and I would hate to see that this is the year that we are excluded because of the actions of one person that is not gay hate-related,” Webb said.

“This a crime of passion, we will allege. It is domestic-related, we allege, and that would be a real travesty for this organization to be excluded,” Webb added.

Police began suspecting a homicide on Wednesday when the couple’s bloodstained possessions including a phone, wallet, credit cards and a set of keys were found in a trash container 30 kilometers (19 miles) from the crime scene.

Police initially suspected Baird had killed Davies after messages from Baird’s phone to his housemates told them he was moving across the country to the west coast city of Perth and asking them to put his belongings in storage.

Police now allege Lamarre-Condon sent the messages to divert suspicion after Davies died.

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