Bail denied for Loleit

A bail application for murder accused Matthew James Loleit has been rejected due to the seriousness of allegations against him, a court was told.

Loleit, appearing in the Port Augusta Magistrates Court via video link on Friday, was arrested and charged with murder in February this year when police and paramedics were called to a camping ground at Telowie Beach, where they found the body of 49-year-old man Rory ‘Meggs’ Elliott from Nuriootpa. 

Prosecutors argued that a report indicated that trauma to the deceased could have been caused by an acute blow or strike of a weapon. 

Loleit’s lawyer rejected that statement and said the report shows that the ruptured spleen may have been caused by the deceased falling onto an object or as a result of indirect force. 

He also argued that while the evidence in regards to a fight is very strong, the prosecution can't point to any specific act which indicates a clear path to death.

Magistrate Forrest agreed there was no direct evidence of intention.

Bail for Loleit was rejected due to the risk of him absconding. 

Loleit will appear in court on November 14 to answer the charge against him.