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NSW man pleads not guilty to murder of fiancee’s nine-year-old daughter


The NSW man accused of murdering nine-year-old Charlise Mutten and dumping her body in a barrel has been committed to stand trial.

Justin Laurens Stein, 32, pleaded not guilty on Friday to domestic violence-related murder and improperly interfering with a corpse.

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Mutten, the daughter of Stein’s then fiancee, was allegedly killed on his family’s multimillion-dollar Blue Mountains property days before she was reported missing on January 14 last year.

A five-day search of bushland ended with her body being found in a barrel that had been dumped near the Colo River northwest of Sydney.

Police later said an autopsy found she had died of a gunshot wound.

Justin Laurens Stein is accused of killing nine-year-old Charlise Mutten. Credit: Supplied

Charlise’s mother Kallista is not accused of any wrongdoing in relation to her death.

Stein appeared in Penrith Local Court by video link to enter the not guilty pleas to charges of murder and interfering with a corpse, and was committed to stand trial in the NSW Supreme Court.

He faces arraignment in that court on July 7.

He also pleaded not guilty to two charges of possessing child abuse material and was committed to stand trial in the District Court on those charges.

The body of Charlise Mutten was found in a barrel dumped near the Colo River northwest of Sydney. Credit: AAP

His lawyer Peter Katsoolis told AAP that Stein would “vigorously defend” both cases.

Katsoolis said firearm-related charges and one charge of break and enter against Stein were still subject to negotiation in the local court.

He remains in custody after bail was refused.

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Source: 7News