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Easey killing-accused remain behind bars

By AAP Newswire

A man and woman charged over the death of Danielle Easey, whose body was found wrapped in plastic in a NSW Hunter creek, will remain behind bars for at least another month after being refused bail.

Justin Kent Dilosa was on Thursday charged with murdering Ms Easey, while Carol Marie McHenry was charged with being an accessory and dishonestly obtaining financial advantage by deception.

Police allege McHenry, 32, helped Dilosa, 33, by impersonating Ms Easey on social media after her death to get access to money.

They had their cases mentioned on Friday in separate courts.

Dilosa did not apply for bail in Belmont Local Court and it was formally refused, while McHenry sought bail in Toronto Local Court but it was refused.

The body of 29-year-old mother-of-two Ms Easey was found in Cockle Creek at Killingworth, near Newcastle, on August 31.

Police say an autopsy revealed she had been seriously assaulted and stabbed.

She was allegedly murdered at a home in the Central Coast suburb of Narara on or about August 17, then dumped in the waterway.

Ms Easey, who was known to police, lived at Booragul in Lake Macquarie but was more recently couch surfing at homes in the area.

Detective Acting Superintendent Jason Dickinson told reporters on Thursday police were not looking to make more arrests at this stage.

He said police believed the two accused and Ms Easey had been associates for "a number of years" but declined to elaborate.

McHenry is next due to face Newcastle Local Court on October 30, while Dilosa is scheduled to face Gosford Local Court on November 15.