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A couple has been refused bail today after they were charged with the alleged murder of 19-year-old Amber Haigh, who vanished nearly 20 years ago.
Robert Geeves and his wife Anne Geeves, both aged 61, were arrested at a property at Harden, in the NSW south-west yesterday and were later charged with one count each of murder.
The police prosecutor told Cowra Local Court the homicide squad made the arrests after a new witness came forward via Crime Stoppers, just a week after a $1 million reward for information on the case was announced.
The court heard Mr Geeves allegedly bought a chainsaw in the days after Haigh’s disappearance.
Police will allege they captured the couple on phone intercepts talking about the disposal of Haigh’s body including Ms Geeves asking her husband, “where are we going to take the rest of her now” and “have you got rid of her?”
Mr Geeves is also accused of asking his wife “not to roll” on him because he “didn’t want to go to jail”.
The police prosecutor told the court there was a clear motive, arguing the couple allegedly killed Haigh to obtain custody of a child.
Mr Geeves’ lawyer explained during today’s bail application her client had previously been charged but acquitted of the murder of another woman.
A magistrate refused Mr Geeves’ bail after finding there was a strong circumstantial case.
Haigh was the mother of a six-month-old son who was fathered by Mr Geeves.
She disappeared on June 5, 2002, after making plans to visit her sick father at Mt Druitt hospital in Sydney.
The Geeves told police they dropped the teen off at Campbelltown train station.
Detective Superintendent Danny Doherty said police will allege Haigh was killed in the Harden-Young area.
“We will allege Amber met her demise in the Harden-Young area and never made it to Sydney and as I’ve said before it was a terribly tragic event where a six-month-old baby was left behind and never got to grow up and know his mum,” Detective Superintendent Doherty said.
Haigh’s family are still desperate to find her body with a $1 million reward remaining for any information about the location of her remains.
“The family is really keen to find the remains of Amber and put her to rest,” Detective Superintendent Doherty said.