Two men charged with murdering retired police officer in Melbourne

TWO men have been arrested and charged with murdering a retired police officer whose body was found at a factory in an industrial estate in Melbourne’s outer south-east.

Police located the body of former retired Special Operations Group officer Dean McGrath, 41, inside a plumbing business on Governor Road at Braeside shortly before 10am on Friday.

David Grierson, 45, from Braeside had alerted detectives to the body at the business, which he owns, after walking into Mordialloc Police Station and confessing to the killing around 7.30am.


Mr Grierson and his alleged accomplice Craig Marshall, 47, were both arrested and charged with one count each of murder late on Friday.

The pair is accused of killing the former senior constable and married father of two on Wednesday night.

It’s understood the former officer had called his wife around 6pm and told her that he was stopping at the industrial estate and would be home in 20 minutes, but he never returned.

His family feared the worst and descended on the Governor Road business on Thursday where they spent most the day searching for him but to no avail.

Mr McGrath had left the force in 2010 with post-traumatic stress disorder.

His accused killers remanded in custody overnight and due to front Melbourne Magistrates Court on Saturday.

Anyone with any information that could assist police with their investigation is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or make a confidential report at