The man accused of murdering nine-year-old Charlise Mutten had an ongoing drug issue and had previously spent time in jail, a court has been told.

Justin Laurens Stein, 33, is accused of killing the schoolgirl on or around January 12, 2022, at Mount Wilson, in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney.

He has pleaded not guilty.

Charlise Mutten, 9, is currently missing from Mt Wilson.
Charlise Mutten, 9, died in early 2022. (NSW Police)

In a trial starting in the NSW Supreme Court today, a jury heard Stein had previously served a jail sentence for drug-related offences and was undergoing treatment for heroin addiction.

He was also on medication for schizophrenia, the court was told.

Crown prosecutor Ken McKay SC said Stein was in a relationship with Charlise’s mother, Kallista Mutten, at the time of the alleged murder.

Justin Stein, 31, has been charged with the murder of Charlise Mutten.
Justin Stein has been charged with the murder of Charlise Mutten. (Supplied)

The pair met while they were both serving jail sentences.

Mutten was in prison for the crime of dangerous driving occasioning death, the court was told.

At some time prior to Charlise’s death, Stein and Mutten committed a break-and-enter together, during which two firearms were taken, the jury heard.

“One of them … is of importance in the case the Crown brings on the murder charge,” McKay said.

Charlise’s death prompted a wave of community grief. (Today)

While her mother was in custody, Charlise was being cared for by grandparents who lived in Tweed Heads, where she also attended school.

She flew to Sydney on December 21, 2021 with plans to spend Christmas and New Year’s Eve with her mother and Stein.

On January 14, Mutten contacted police and reported her daughter missing.

Police found Charlise’s body four days later, on January 18, concealed in a barrel dumped on the banks of the Colo River.

She had suffered two gunshot wounds, one to her face and the other to her left lower back.

“The crown case will be that Stein shot Charlise Mutten,” McKay said.

“This is a trial in which it is alleged a nine-year-old child was shot to death,” she said.

“Some people find evidence of the death of a child particularly confronting.

“You will need to be assured that you can look at such evidence and … maintain complete impartiality.”

The trial is expected to run for six weeks.

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