A Queensland man accused of the murder of a man last seen in Gerogery almost a decade ago did not appear in the dock when his matter went before Albury Local Court on Tuesday afternoon.
It was the first mention of the allegation in Albury.
Discussion of the case continued without the 25-year-old's presence.
The accused cannot be identified as the allegation that he murdered William Chaplin stems back to when he was a minor.
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Albury officers interviewed the man after human remains uncovered during a search early last week were found to be those of Mr Chaplin, who was last seen alive in May, 2010.
While the accused was, under the law, a child at the time, that could not be reflected before the courts.
"We cannot charge (him) in the Children's Court," prosecutor Sergeant Andrew Pike told magistrate Imad Abdul-Karim.
In response, Mr Abdul-Karim asked if the accused was "the only person in court charged in relation to the matter".
"Yes," Sergeant Pike replied.
Defence lawyer Dominic Holles asked that the brief of evidence be served on the Legal Aid Commission.
That must be done by November 5, the same date as the next mention of the case.
Mr Holles said it could very well be the case that the brief was not ready by that date, noting how forensic pathology could be a "notoriously lengthy process".
Mr Abdul-Karim said if it was found at the next mention that some parts of the brief remained outstanding, the court at the time could easily adjourn the matter to a later date to allow that to be completed.
The charged man was arrested at Townsville last Thursday, September 5, and fronted the city's magistrates court the following day where his extradition to NSW was granted.
The murder charge was laid at Mascot police station on Saturday, at which point he was refused bail to appear in Central Local Court on Monday.
This followed an investigation by Murray River Police District detectives.