Posted: 6 October, 2016
NSW Man And Woman In Their 20s Face Court Over Murder Of 69-Year-Old
A man and a woman have been charged over the "violent death" of a "quiet, gentle" man who was allegedly knifed in his NSW home then left undiscovered for about a month.
The pair aged in their 20s have been arrested after the family of 69-year-old Chris Whiteley appealed to the public last month for information on his alleged stabbing murder in his Lithgow home.
Police say Mr Whiteley was killed soon after his last contact with family on August 7 with his body discovered a month later.
He was described as a gentle man by his brother Neil.
"Chris was a quiet, gentle man, who moved to Lithgow because he loved the peaceful community atmosphere," he said during a public appeal in September.
Detective Inspector Luke Rankin earlier said Mr Whiteley had suffered a number of stab wounds and "met a violent death".
Mr Whiteley was a retired school teacher who moved from Riverwood in Sydney's west to enjoy the country lifestyle, Fairfax Media reported.
A 22-year-old man and 26-year-old woman were arrested at a home in nearby Wallerawang and charged with murder and firearms offences on Wednesday.
The pair was refused bail to appear in Lithgow Local Court on Thursday.