Son on murder charge
A 22-year-old Tabulam man appeared in Lismore District Court yesterday charged with murdering his father, after the discovery of human remains at the olive farm where the pair lived.
Luke Maciuk is accused of murdering his father, Mykalaj Charles Maciuk, 56, some time between January 22 and 10.30am on Wednesday ? the time of his arrest.
No plea has been entered.
The 56-year-old electrician, known as 'Nick', was reported missing by his family on February 23 after he failed to make contact with his children, friends, or work colleagues for more than a month.
Police and SES volunteers have been conducting line searches at his Yellow Creek olive farm, and on Wednesday human remains were found and the property declared a crime scene.
According to court documents, his son Luke was denied bail because of the serious nature of the charge, as well as 'the risk of tampering with evidence which is still being examined'.
The court papers also state: "The accused has previously indicated intention to self harm. He suffers depression (prior to the alleged offence). There is a significant risk of flight."
The defendant is scheduled to appear again in court on March 21.
Neighbour Ian Packenham said he was the only person in Tabulam who really knew the father and son, who had moved to the Yellow Creek property, seven kilometres west of Tabulam, around two and a half years ago.
He said he hadn't seen Nick for about a month, but that wasn't unusual as he kept very much to himself, and only went into town every two or three days to collect the mail.
"He never stopped at the pub for a drink," he said.
"He didn't socialise. People didn't even know his first name. They just stayed in their own little circle over there."