Murder charge after mine site death

The Pilgangoora Project in the Pilbara. Picture: Twitter
The Pilgangoora Project in the Pilbara. Picture: Twitter

HOMICIDE squad detectives have charged a man with murder following a death at a mine site in WA’s north.

Police confirmed that a 30-year-old Craigie man had been charged following an investigation into the death of 40-year-old man in Marble Bar yesterday.

He will appear in the South Hedland Magistrates Court tomorrow.

Detectives have been investigating an incident at Pilbara Minerals’ Pilgangoora Lithium-Tantalum Project site, about 130km from Port Hedland.

It’s understood the incident happened at around 6.30am on Monday.

Pilbara Minerals issued a statement, confirming a death had occurred “as a result of an incident unrelated to mining operations which occurred between personnel”.

“As a result, the Homicide Squad of the Western Australian Police Force has been deployed to investigate,” the company said.

“Pilbara Minerals is cooperating with this investigation and cannot provide any further details.

“Pilbara Minerals is doing everything it can to support the well-being of its workers at this difficult time.”

Pilbara managing director Ken Brinsden said he was extremely shocked and saddened by what has occurred.

“At this difficult time our focus is on ensuring that our people are cared for and supported, while we continue to support the police investigation that is currently underway,” he added.

“On behalf of Pilbara Minerals, I would like to express our sincere condolences to the affected people and their families.”