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Man arrested over murder of Zachery Davies-Scott


Homicide detectives have arrested a man following the murder of Zachery Davies-Scott at Heddon Greta last year.

About 10.50pm on Tuesday 27 December, emergency services were called to Traders Way, about 20km east of Cessnock.

It followed reports a man had been shot during an apparent home invasion.

NSW Ambulance paramedics treated the victim, who was identified as 25-year-old Mr Davies-Scott, known to many in the area as “Donnie”.

Tragically, he died at the scene.

Homicide detectives have arrested a man following the murder of Zachery Davies-Scott at Heddon Greta. Photo: NSW Police Force

State Crime Command’s Homicide Squad took carriage of the investigation under Strike Force Roslyn, with assistance provided from officers attached to the Hunter Valley Police District and Northern Region.

Police were told a group of people allegedly forced entry to the Heddon Greta home before Mr Davies-Scott was fatally shot in what is believed to be a home invasion gone wrong.

A 52-year-old woman also sustained minor injuries attempting to fight off the attackers.

Other family members home at the time – including two children, aged 2 and 4, and Mr Davies-Scott’s pregnant partner – witnessed the incident, but were uninjured.

The group left the scene in a white SUV that was seen travelling on Main Road, Heddon Greta, shortly after the incident.

In February 2023, strike force detectives seized a white 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander from a street in Boolaroo near Newcastle.

Following further extensive inquiries, about 6am on Tuesday 31 October, officers executed a search warrant in Boomerang Beach – about 20km south of Forster – where they arrested a 25-year-old man.

He was taken to Forster Police Station, where he is expected to be charged with murder.

Inquiries are ongoing.

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