Former Victorian police officer charged with murder after man goes missing in 2006

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Steven Johnson, 70, appeared via video link in the Warrnambool Magistrates Court on Thursday, accused of murdering 38-year-old Christopher Jarvis.

Christopher Jarvis has not been seen since before his car was found burnt out in 2006. (Victoria Police)

Johnson, a former police officer, barely spoke during Thursday’s court hearing, but his lawyer Xavier Farrelly described his numerous health conditions.

Johnson has post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, depression, a herniated disc and a spinal nerve injury.

He was medicated for those conditions and was also prescribed codeine after undergoing knee reconstruction, Farrelly said.

The lawyer also told the judge that it was the former police officer’s first time in custody.

Johnson was remanded in custody ahead of his next court appearance in April next year.

The police will have four months to prepare a brief of evidence against him.

The 70-year-old is the second man charged with the murder of Jarvis.

Co-accused Glenn Ernest Fenwick, 59, was remanded in custody during a tense court hearing in Warrnambool on Wednesday.

Two of Jarvis’ distraught family members attended court and shouted at Fenwick.

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“You’ve got to understand that it’s my father that f—–t f—ing murdered,” one man said.

“I hope you enjoy watching your f—ing kids grow up, you dog,” one woman said.

Magistrate Simon Guthrie replied: “I’m sorry this is of concern to you.”

Fenwick has suffered multiple heart attacks and has an acquired brain injury, the court was told.

His lawyer Kerry Schroeder asked that Fenwick be medically assessed when he is transported to the prison in Melbourne.

“Given the stress of the situation, we would ask that he have a full medical work-up,” she told the court.

Schroeder said it wasn’t Fenwick’s first time in custody, but it was a “significant number of years” since he had been in prison.

Fenwick was remanded in custody and will next appear in court in April 2023.

Victoria Police have said detectives are continuing to search for Jarvis’ remains.

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