Brian Johnston has been charged with the murder of Kelly Wilkinson after her body was discovered burned in a backyard.
Kelly Wilkinson's body was discovered burned in a backyard on Tuesday. The man charged with her murder had met with his lawyer two days prior on an unrelated matter.
A man has been charged with the murder of a mother-of-three from Queensland. Kelly Wilkinson had met with his lawyer 48 hours prior to her death to discuss a "domestic violence matter."
Brian Earl Johnston, 34, was remanded in custody after failing to appear in Southport Magistrates Court on Wednesday morning.
He is charged with murder and violating a domestic violence restraining order in connection with her death, as well as one count of violating bail conditions.
Ms Wilkinson's body was discovered burned in the backyard of a home on Spikes Court in Arundel on Tuesday, after a concerned neighbor contacted police following a disturbance at approximately 6.40am.
According to police, the house was occupied by three children at the time.
Mr Johnston's counsel, Chris Hannay, stated that he has been unable to see his client while communicating with him about other "significant" matters and defending him in connection with the domestic violence charge.
"I saw him on Sunday... I received instructions about some other serious matters... before these heinous matters,” Mr Hannay said.
“I followed appropriate orders... he was fairly coherent. He was in the company of a colleague. We went through a lot with the domestic violence problems and the DV and the children and the family, and no one expected this to happen.
“I'm attempting to reach him today but am not permitted to do so at this time.
“I've been told that his injuries are very severe.”
Mr Hannay declined to comment on whether he was the father of one or all three children living in the home at the time of Ms Wilkinson's death and stated that the domestic violence incident occurred earlier this year.
“They've been going on for a while. As a result, he was already in court for those,” he said.
Mr Johnston was found two blocks away at a local address in a "semiconscious condition," police said Tuesday. He was also suffering from burn injuries.
He sustained burns to his hands and airway and was rushed to Gold Coast University Hospital in a critical condition, where he is still being treated under police guard.
Ms Wilkinson was discovered on Tuesday via a GoFundMe fundraiser page set up to assist her children and prepare for her funeral.
“Unfortunately, Kelly has died... We are attempting to collect funds to cover the cost of the funeral, the children's education, and all other expenses. Please assist us! We appreciate any assistance, large or small,” the website, which was founded by her sister Natalie, said.
Natalie also updated her Facebook profile picture on Tuesday, featuring Ms Wilkinson and captioning it, "My precious angels."
On Wednesday morning, the GoFundMe page had surpassed $51,000 in donations. The objective was $50,000.
The man is now being held in custody at Princess Alexandra Hospital, and his case will be re-heard in court on June 4.