#AceNewsReport – Apr.22; There was no application for bail and he was remanded in custody at a hearing in Southport Magistrates Court on Wednesday morning:
UPDATE: Man accused of murdering Gold Coast woman found burnt in Arundel backyard remanded in custody: Brian Earl Johnston, 34, is under police guard in a Brisbane hospital after sustaining serious burns to his hands and airway.
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‘Police conducting a welfare check discovered the body of Kelly Wilkinson, 27, in the garden of her Arundel home early on Tuesday morning after neighbours called police to report a disturbance’
Mr Johnston, from New Beith in Logan, was found in the front yard of a home about two blocks away in a “semi-conscious” state.
He was charged with murder and breaching a domestic violence order by detectives on Tuesday night.
His lawyer, Chris Hannay, said outside court that his client “was in a bad way”.
“I have been told his injuries are fairly substantial in relation to burns,” he said.
A post-mortem examination is being conducted today, but the court heard pathology results could take up to nine months.
Officers were confronted with a grim scene when they arrived at the Arundel home.
“It’s obviously a very confronting scene, a female person deceased,” Detective Inspector Chris Ahearn said.
Forensic police catalogued the crime scene at Ms Wilkinson’s home and one at Langer Place, where the man was found.
Officers remained at Ms Wilkinson’s home on Wednesday morning.
Tributes have flowed online for the mother of three small children, with family and friends posting messages.
“Oh babe … my heart reaches out to u all … If u need anything we are only a call away,” one person wrote on Facebook.
Another said: “I’m so sorry for your loss … if you guys need anything don’t hesitate to ask.”
Arundel resident Louise Christie said she felt compelled to visit Ms Wilkinson’s property.
“I’m just a member of the community and I heard the sirens that morning and I would never have dreamed that this would happen,” she said:
Arundel resident Brian Sims also attended the scene today.
“It’s terrible, just terrible,” he said.
Friends and family of the young mother have set up a crowdfunding campaign to pay for her funeral and support her family.
So far, more than $60,000 has been raised.
Member for Bonney, Sam O’Connor, said the loss of the “vibrant young mum is devastating”.
“Having something so horrific happen on a quiet local street has shocked all of us,” he said.
“Many families in our area will feel this profoundly.”
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