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Vic robber sent to NSW on murder charge

AAP logoAAP 22/07/2016 Melissa Iaria

A man jailed over a gunpoint robbery where a Victorian family was threatened with having fingers chopped off will be sent to NSW to face a murder charge.

Lloyd Anthony Murrell, 45, is serving a 17-and-a-half year jail term with a minimum 14 years for a series of violent offences.

On Friday, Victorian Attorney-General solicitors applied in Melbourne Magistrates Court to transfer the Port Phillip Prison inmate at the request of the NSW Solictor General.

It follows a warrant issued by Parramatta Local Court for Murrell's arrest on charges of murder and assault with intent to rob in company, causing wounding.

The offences allegedly took place at Lake Heights, south of Wollongong, on September 28, 2011.

Defence barrister Louis Katsinas argued against the transfer, saying it would cause Murrell's medical treatment to be delayed and affect his mental health.

But Magistrate Tim Bourke granted the application, saying there was no evidence the trip would be "harsh and oppressive", as claimed.

Murell was among a gang of masked men who terrorised a prominent restaurateur and his family at gunpoint, bursting into their Ballarat home in 2014, waving guns and steel poles.

The robbers beat the father with a pole as his family watched, threatened to crush his skull and chop off fingers and shoot family members as they demanded cash and gold.

In another robbery at Sunshine in 2011, Murrell and a co-offender entered a house clad in balaclavas and carrying two handguns, which they pointed at two children aged 12 and 14.

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