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EXCLUSIVE: Bombshell development in the case of schoolgirl Charlise Mutten who was allegedly shot dead and found in a barrel by her step-dad as he is charged with possessing child abuse material and a gun
- Justin Stein is charged with the alleged murder of nine-year-old Charlise Mutten
- Daily Mail Australia can reveal Stein has been charged with firearm possession
- He has also been charged with two counts of possessing child abuse material
- Stein was the fiancé of Charlise’s mother Kallista at time of girl’s death in January
- Charlise allegedly died at luxury Stein family Blue Mountains wedding venue
A bombshell development has emerged in the case of schoolgirl Charlise Mutten as her stepfather and alleged murderer is hit with more charges.
Justin Stein, 31, is accused of shooting the nine-year-old in January on his family’s property in the Blue Mountains before disposing of her body in a barrel.
He was arrested shortly after body was found in bushland near the Colo River on January 18 and charged with murder – which his defence lawyer Peter Katsoolis has previously said he intends to fight.
Daily Mail Australia can now reveal Stein has since been charged with firearm possession and two counts of possessing child abuse material.
Stein’s case is due to in Penrith Court on Friday with the new charges, but will be adjourned to July for the service of more of the police brief while his solicitor is in Covid isolation
Charlise (pictured) was allegedly fatally shot with a ‘small calibre rifle’ sometime between January 10 and 11
The fresh charges come just weeks after Stein’s defence solicitor claimed during a court hearing in March there may have been another person ‘possibly involved’ in the alleged murder.
At the time, Mr Katsoolis, also told Nine News he was yet to read a 4000 page police brief on the case and hadn’t received a post-mortem report on Charlise’s death.
He said ‘there is no clear motive’ for his client or anyone else to have allegedly killed Charlise and that he had ‘a long way to go to analyse all of those movements’ in relation to CCTV released by police which allegedly showed Stein driving around with a barrel in the back of his red ute soon after the girl’s death.
At the time of the alleged murder, police say Charlise’s mother Kallista Mutten was staying at a caravan park at Lower Portland on the Hawkesbury River, 81km from the luxury Mount Wilson estate where Charlise is believed to have died.
Stein last faced court on March 18 where he was remanded in custody until May over the murder charge, and a separate charge of breaching parole.
Justin Stein, 31, (pictured) has been charged with possessing a firearm and two counts of child abuse material possession
The lawyer for accused murderer Justin Stein has claimed it was possible someone else was involved in the death of nine-year-old Charlise Mutten (above)
Mr Katsoolis told the court the alleged parole breach related to a drug charge from 2016.
Stein did not appear on screen from Silverwater prison, where he is believed to have been held since his arrest in January.
Magistrate David O’Neil had set the next hearing for the murder charge on May 20.
Charlise was allegedly fatally shot with a ‘small calibre rifle’ sometime between January 10 and 11.
The Tweed Heads schoolgirl had been holidaying with her mother and Stein at his family’s luxury Blue Mountains wedding venue and at a Lower Portland caravan Park over the Christmas holiday season.
Ms Mutten reported her daughter missing from the Wildenstein property on the morning of January 14, and police located her remains inside a blue barrel 65km on the banks of the Colo River on the afternoon of January 18.
Kallista Mutten (above) took her daughter Charlise on a holiday to NSW with new boyfriend Justin Stein, a trip which ended with the tragic alleged murder of the schoolgirl
Stein was arrested on the same night and charged with Charlise’s alleged murder.
An autopsy on the remains of Charlise revealed the cause of death and detectives released CCTV footage in February which allegedly shows Stein’s red Holden Colorado ute with a barrel-shaped object in the back under a blue tarpaulin towing a white boat around various Sydney locations.
Police allege Stein was behind the wheel when the red ute visited the BP service station at Marsden Park, in northwestern Sydney at 5.53pm on Thursday, January 13.
It was then captured driving along Victoria and Bayswater roads at Drummoyne around 7.20pm when Stein allegedly drove it to Five Dock boat ramp.
Ms Mutten, 31, is now reportedly pregnant with Stein’s child.
TIMELINE OF CHARLISE MUTTEN’S DISAPPEARANCE
January 13: Charlise Mutten, nine, was last seen on the verandah of an estate called Wildenstein in Mount Wilson, north-west of Sydney.
January 14: Charlise was reported missing at 8.20am. Police flocked to the 12.5-acre wedding venue and established a crime scene.
Neighbours told detectives they saw a car at 4.20am on Friday, with no headlights on.
Investigators seized a Holden Colorado ute on High Street in Penrith for forensic testing, which belongs to her mother’s fiance.
Her mother Kallista Mutten, 31, collapsed and was taken to hospital.
Ms Mutten’s fiancé Justin Stein, whose family owns the lavish property, spoke with police in Penrith.
January 15: Homicide detectives took over the search.
Police divers seized a boat in the Hawkesbury River and scanned it for fingerprints. The boat will also be kept for forensic testing.
Investigators continued to scour fire trails in dense bushland surrounding the property.
January 16: RFS volunteers found ‘very small and barefooted’ prints along a fire trail.
‘Certain items’ have been uncovered by detectives, but police have not been able to determine the schoolgirl’s whereabouts.
January 17: A convoy of five police vehicles and detectives on foot entered the property around 11.30am.
One detective ordered media to ‘leave, now!’ from outside the gates of the five hectare wedding venue retreat
A police bus followed by unmarked police cars rolled through the gates as a uniformed officer stood guard.
Earlier, plain clothes child protection squad officers drove into the property.
Ms Mutten will be questioned by police.
January 18: Police say Charlise will likely be ‘lethargic’ and ‘stationary’ if she’s lost in the bush.
January 19: Police reveal Charlise’s stepdad Justin Stein has been charged with murder after finding a body in a barrel overnight
Later, police reveal they have not yet been able to interview Charlise’s mother because she remains in hospital under guard and is difficult to access
January 25: Police reveal further CCTV of a red ute travelling between Marsden Park and Drummoyne as they continue to investigate Charlise’s death