IN a dramatic twist, a second man was yesterday charged with the murder of Troy Hocking during a night of violence that has shocked the city of Portland.
Dylan Robertson, 32, of Portland, appeared in Warrnambool Magistrates Court just after 4pm yesterday in front of magistrate Jonathan Klestadt.
Police prosecutor Sergeant Sandra Skilton made an application for Mr Robertson to be remanded in custody until February 12 next year to appear in court again for a committal mention hearing.
Mr Robertson is the second man to be charged with the murder of Mr Hocking.
It is understood a number of men are continuing to assist police with their inquiries after Mr Hocking, 20, suffered a gunshot wound on Monday and died in the Royal Melbourne Hospital on Tuesday morning.
Leonard Sciascia, 26, of Princes Highway, Heywood, appeared in Warrnambool Magistrates Court on Wednesday charged with murder.
He did not apply for bail and was also remanded in custody until February 12.
Another Portland man, 31, has also been charged with being an accessory after the fact to murder.
Detective Senior Constable Jack Beanland, of the Portland police crime investigation unit, said yesterday the man was arrested, interviewed and charged on Wednesday before appearing in front of a bail justice at an out-of-sessions hearing about 9pm Wednesday. He was also bailed to appear in Warrnambool Magistrates Court on February 12.
He was released on his own undertaking with conditions he report to police three times a week, not contact prosecution witnesses and reside at a Portland address.