4 charged with homicide over Sergio Cuesta disappearance in Melbourne

Police have now charged 4 folks with homicide after a lacking Colombian pupil vanished in Melbourne greater than 4 months in the past.

Over the weekend, police swooped on a Queensland trio as a part of an investigation into the disappearance of Sergio Cuesta after he left a celebration on September 16.

A 25-year-old Flagstone man was arrested at Melbourne airport on Saturday after arriving from Queensland, with police allegedly seizing a “amount” of money.

He appeared within the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court docket the identical day charged with the 28-year-old’s homicide.

Two different Queenslanders, a 25-year-old Logan Reserve man and a 23-year-old Flagstone lady, have been arrested in Brisbane over the weekend.

On Monday, Brisbane Magistrates’ Court docket accepted their extradition to Victoria and each have been charged with homicide.

They’re anticipated to seem in Court docket on Wednesday.

Final week, police raided two properties in Melbourne on Tuesday afternoon, arresting two males of their late 40s.

Michael Jeffrey Frankland, 49, was charged with Mr Cuesta’s homicide the next day, whereas a 48-year-old Cranbourne man was interviewed and launched with out cost, the Herald Solar reported.

Previous to his disappearance, Mr Cuesta had been residing in an house on Queens Rd and held an expired pupil visa.

Police say he was recognized to be concerned within the drug commerce and had contact with folks suspected to be concerned in drug trafficking.

The final recognized sighting of Mr Cuesta was at Jabiru Drive in Chelsea Heights after a mate dropped him off there about 8pm on September 16 final 12 months.

He had been out to dinner at a CBD restaurant for a celebration when he obtained a name and requested a buddy for the carry.

No hint of the Colombian nationwide has been discovered.

He was reported lacking on September 21 by a buddy after she failed to listen to from him for a number of days.

“Sergio had additionally not made any contact along with his household in Colombia, which was uncommon as he typically spoke to them every day,” a Victoria Police assertion stated.

“His disappearance is taken into account fully out of character.”

Victoria Police Detective Inspector David Dunstan stated the Lacking Individuals Squad believed Mr Cuesta had met with foul play.

“We’re uncertain why he was dropped off at that handle and he hasn’t been seen since,” Inspector Dunstan stated.

“At this stage we’re unable to find Sergio and we’re interesting for public help to additional the discovering of Sergio.”

Mr Cuesta had hung out in Queensland within the weeks main as much as his disappearance, with police believing some Queenslanders might have details about why he made the journey.

He was final seen carrying a black T-shirt, black pants and black runners and is described as being about 170cm tall with a stable construct and darkish hair.

“We’re interesting to anybody within the Colombian group who might know what occurred to Sergio or the place he was happening that night time … to return ahead or converse to Crime Stoppers,” Inspector Dunstan stated.

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