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Father, son face murder sentence hearing


Gino Stocco is escorted by two policemen as he is taken into Dubbo police station after he and his son Mark were arrested earlier in the day in Dunedoo in north west NSW.  (AAP Image/David Moir)

A father and son who pleaded guilty to murder after sparking a major manhunt across two states are due to be sentenced.

Fugitives Gino Stocco and his son Mark appeared in Dubbo Court in June, pleading guilty to one count each of murder and destroying property by fire.

The pair were on the run for eight years, wanted over alleged property offences in Queensland.

After they allegedly fired at police in October 2015, officers ramped up efforts to find the fugitives with the manhunt spanning several weeks across parts of Victoria and NSW.

They were arrested in NSW at Pinevale, near Dubbo, and later charged with murdering Italian-born caretaker Rosario Cimone, 68, whose body was discovered in a shallow grave on the property.

The pair face a sentence hearing in the NSW Supreme Court on Friday.

© AAP 2017

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