UPDATE: A man has been charged with murdering the death of 23-year-old Australian man Wade Still.
The young father of the two was discovered by a taxi driver on the road at Whitebridge near Newcastle at about 1 am on Monday. He had suffered extensive burns and died when he was transferred to the hospital.
A 35-year-old man was accused of murder on Tuesday and the police confirmed the charge late Tuesday night.
The two men would be known to each other & # 39 ;, said a police statement Tuesday night.
James Madden, the taxi driver who found Mr Still lying on the side of the road completely covered in burns, said the young man had spent his last minutes screaming with pain.
"He screamed to the top of his lungs." I'm dying, I'm dying, "he screamed It was awful," said Mr. Madden Seven News Monday night.
"He was very burnt and scorched, there was very little clothing left."
The taxi driver contacted the emergency services and Mr Still received a treatment on the spot. However, he died en route to Sydney Royal North Shore Hospital, where he was taken because of the extent of his injuries.
It is clear that the 23-year-old from Lake Macquarie was recently released from prison after he was arrested for the abuse of paramedics.
Police of the Police District of Lake Macquarie founded Strike Force Yaraandoo to investigate the circumstances surrounding the incident.
The 35-year-old was refused on bail against Newcastle Local Court on Wednesday.
M. Still was jailed last year for punching and kicking aid workers who were trying to bring his partner to the hospital when she started work.
The young father's partner Paige Millan said she was called by one of his friends early on Monday.
"His poor children are going to be broken," she told reporters in Newcastle on Monday.
"I want to come forward and pay for what you've done."
The police spent Monday searching for the weapon and said that death is suspicious.
"We certainly do not treat this as a casual event and the inclusion of the Lake Macquarie commando, the murder center and the city of Newcastle reflects the seriousness we are taking," said inspector Danny Sullivan on Monday to reporters.
The police investigate different lines of research and do not decide anything in or out, he added.
"The real key message here is that everyone with information, no matter how small, contacts crime corks."
Researchers immediately contact them with all residents who have dashcam images or have suspicious activity.
There is already Dashcam material of a woman who walked away on that same piece on Monday evening.
Anyone with information about this incident is requested to contact Crime Stoppers at 1800 333 000.
– with AAP