A PAIR that was charged with the gruesome murder of a young man whose torso was found in the bushland over the weekend, faced a court full of friends and family of the victim.
Jack Harrison Vincent Sadler, 26, today did not plead charges for murder in connection with the death of 24-year-old Jake Daniel Anderson-Brettner in the Launceston Magistrate's Court.
Dressed in black trousers and a black T-shirt, Mr. Sadler did not speak during the brief appearance of the court and was placed in pre-trial detention to appear again on September 11th.
In a separate appearance, Gemma Elizabeth Clark, 25, pleaded not guilty of being accused of being an accessory after the murder.
Ms. Clark did not apply for bail and was instructed to reappear on 15 October in the Supreme Court of Tasmania. Both come from the Launceston Riverside suburb.
The hearings were attended by more than a dozen friends of Mr. Anderson-Brettner, along with Tasmania Police Commander Brett Smith and principal investigator Detective Acting Inspector Craig Fox, according to The Mercury.
Mr. Anderson-Brettner was last seen on August 15 in his black Nissan Navara. His ute was found unoccupied the next day at Balmoral Ave in Riverside.
The police took Mr Sadler and Mrs. Clark into custody on Saturday, while they continued to search for Mr Anderson-Brettner, but made formal accusations on Tuesday.
The victim's trunk was dumped in bushland along the Tasman Highway at Targa, 30 km outside of Launceston, on Sunday after a massive manhunt.
"A body near Targa on Sunday has not yet been formally identified, but it is believed to be Jake," Fox said according to the horrible discovery.
"The body was not intact and the police will continue to search extensively for multiple locations in Launceston to provide Jake's family with closure.
"The circumstances of Jake's death are traumatic and our thoughts and condolences lie with this family and loved ones during this difficult time."
The police have warned that more body parts of Mr. Anderson-Brettner, including his head, have been dumped in wheelie bins in Launceston.
There are also investigations going on in Launceston Waste Transfer Station on Remount Rd in Mowbray and at various locations along the West Tamar Highway.
Researchers have urged anyone with information or a dash-cam vision at Riverside, West Tamar or Prospect last Wednesday or Thursday to come forward.
The cause of the death of Anderson-Brettner has yet to be officially unveiled, but the ABC reported that it had been shot and that the police had found a firearm and an electric saw.
Mr. Anderson-Brettner was engaged to the local hairdresser Katlyn Roney, who had posted some emotional Facebook calls for his safe return.
Mrs Roney and Mr Anderson-Brettner's family were flooded with reports of support from all over Tasmania, while those who knew the victim paid tribute to the popular young man on social media.
"You, sir, were one of a kind (sic)," wrote Anderson-Brettner's friend Gemma Hewson.
"My heart hurts and I am sorry that this happened to you." You have left a huge hole in our lives, but we are eternally grateful that we must be separate from yours, see you my friend. "
Another good friend who was also a former colleague wrote: "The last few days are so traumatic and horrible that I almost lost contact with reality and I am so consumed by the media and the details that I almost forgot what a absolute pleasure to know you!
"Jake Brettner your size is unique! In life you always got warm and you were the life of the party! Also, you have suffered as much as I did the next day and in moderation we had a good run, I have so many memories and most of whom I could never talk about and I just realized that I should try to celebrate your life!
"I'm not saying it will be as simple as that, but you've given me more memories and great times, and of course times that could never be relived, even if I tried … I'll celebrate your memory the way I know that you would approve and when I see you, you are so proud of me … until then I always love you, you big bag! (Sic). "