Man charged with murder of NZ firefighter in Australia over hit-and-run cold case

A man has been charged with the hit-and-run murder of a New Zealand firefighter who was found dead in the NSW Hunter region two years ago.

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Ian Pullen died two years ago while in New South Wales. Source: 1 NEWS

Ian Pullen, 43, was found dead on the side of the road in the early hours of September 29, 2018, at Glenridding, near Singleton.

He had been seconded to the Hunter Valley to help with bushfire efforts.

Detectives from Hunter Valley Police District established Strike Force Awabakil to investigate the circumstances surrounding his death and arrested a 29-year- old man at Newcastle Police Station this morning.

He was charged with murder, dangerous driving occasioning death and failing to stop and assist after vehicle impact causing death.

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Helicopter pilot Ian Pullen was mown down crossing the road while in New South Wales to fight bushfires. Source: 1 NEWS

He was remanded in custody and will appear at Newcastle Local Court today.

In a phone call with 1 NEWS, Ian's widow Vicki Pullen said she was going home to hug her kids.

She said it’s “amazing news", and she’s “been waiting for that phone call for so long”.