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Vic boyfriend to stand trial for murder

AAP logoAAP 12/08/2016

The boyfriend of a Melbourne woman who was beaten to death, burnt and then dumped in a disused mine shaft will stand trial for her murder.

Brendan Neil, 29, on Friday was committed to stand trial for allegedly murdering Simone Quinlan, whose burned body was found near Bendigo after she disappeared in August 2015.

Neil is the second of three men ordered to stand trial in relation to the 33-year-old woman's killing following a committal hearing in the Melbourne Magistrates' Court.

Wayne Marmo, 25, was on Thursday the first of the trio ordered to stand trial.

The committal hearing will continue for a third co-accused, 24-year-old Dylan Jez, on Monday.

A witness this week told the committal hearing Ms Quinlan was beaten to death by her "ice-raging" boyfriend before being shot five times by his friend and then burned.

Tracey Storen told police she was in the Melton home smoking ice when the mother-of-two was murdered.

She said Ms Quinlan didn't fight back as Neil allegedly punched, kicked and stomped on her.

Ms Storen recalled seeing blood everywhere and Neil stumbling as he allegedly tried to wrap Ms Quinlan's body in a sheet.

After Ms Quinlan was beaten, someone helped Neil put her body into the tray of Ms Storen's ute before they drove to the mine.

Ms Storen says they stopped three times during the trip. Twice "to smoke the puff" - meaning ice - and once because they were paranoid Ms Quinlan was still alive.

On the third occasion, Ms Storen says Marmo - her boyfriend at the time - got out of the ute, went around the back, returned to the cab and grabbed a single-shot bolt action gun.

Ms Storen then heard five or six shots. They continued driving.

The badly burned remains of Ms Quinlan were recovered from a mine shaft in Kangaroo Flat days after she was last seen around 11pm on August 24, 2015.

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