Man charged with weekend killing at Corowa, Adam Dennis Coats, faces court over death of Christopher Quirk

Crime scene: Vehicles are removed from Corowa's Vera Street following the death of Christopher Quirk on Saturday.
Crime scene: Vehicles are removed from Corowa's Vera Street following the death of Christopher Quirk on Saturday.

A MAN charged with murder over a death at Corowa on Saturday had been due to face court on four other matters next week, an Albury magistrate heard on Monday.

Adam Dennis Coats, who had his 43rd birthday on Sunday, appeared in custody charged with the murder of Christopher Quirk, 41, who died after allegedly being stabbed with a knife and hit with a baseball bat.

Coats’ lawyer Sascha McCorriston said her client was to face four charges at Corowa Court on March 21 and she successfully sought to have those adjourned to the same date the murder count would be next mentioned.

The Border Mail understands they involve drugs and theft allegations.

Coats, who sports close cropped dark hair, long beard and tattoos on both arms, showed no emotion during his appearance on Monday.

Ms McCorriston sought a brief of evidence in relation to the murder to be served on Legal Aid’s Wagga office by April 23.

Magistrate Rodney Brender agreed to that request and after no application for bail was made he ordered Coats to re-appear at Albury Court on May 14 for a further hearing on all outstanding charges.

Coats is alleged to have intervened in a fight between Quirk and Heath Parkinson, 33, who were both carrying knives, at a property in Vera Street, Corowa on Saturday.

From the files: Christopher Quirk taken into Corowa hospital in 2008 after having fled from police with a swim in the Murray River from NSW to Victoria. A police officer at the time asked him "when is it going to end?" to which Quirk said "when I'm drowned".

From the files: Christopher Quirk taken into Corowa hospital in 2008 after having fled from police with a swim in the Murray River from NSW to Victoria. A police officer at the time asked him "when is it going to end?" to which Quirk said "when I'm drowned".

Parkinson was taken to hospital with stab wounds and remains in an Albury ward. 

Albury police duty officer Detective Inspector Winston Woodward, addressing media on Monday, could not comment on what motivated the incidents at Corowa.

“I can’t say at this stage the reason behind why the crimes have been committed, that’s before the courts, but Albury detectives have done a splendid job of investigating it under difficult circumstances,” Inspector Woodward said.

Pleased: Albury policeman Detective Inspector Winston Woodward is pleased with the work of detectives on the weekend's Corowa murder case.

Pleased: Albury policeman Detective Inspector Winston Woodward is pleased with the work of detectives on the weekend's Corowa murder case.

Parkinson underwent further surgery on Monday.

“At this stage he’s not conscious and we’re not able to interview him, however we will be speaking to him when he is well enough,” Inspector Woodward said.

“I can’t comment if further chargers are going to be laid against anybody in relation to this incident.”

Police have seized knives, two vehicles and other items.

Inspector Woodward lauded the public for its help, but asked for others with information to call Albury detectives or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.