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Second man charged over ‘Donnie’s’ murder at Heddon Greta


Homicide Detectives have made their second arrest in the space of three days in relation to the murder of Zachery “Zac” Davies-Scott.

The Hunter man, known to many in the area as “Donnie”, was gunned down in his home at Heddon Greta just days after Christmas.

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

Photo: NSW Police Force

It followed reports Mr Davies-Scott had been shot.

NSW Ambulance paramedics treated him, however the 25-year-old died at the scene.

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 premises 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 alleged 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, detectives seized a white 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander from a street in Boolaroo near Newcastle.

One man has already been charged and remains before the courts.

Following further inquiries, about 6am on Thursday 2 November, detectives – with assistance from the Raptor Squad – executed a search warrant in Cessnock where they arrested a 24-year-old man.

He was taken to Cessnock Police Station and charged with murder.

The man was refused bail to appear before Cessnock Local Court on Friday 3 November.

Investigations under Strike Force Roslyn are continuing.

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