Man accused of killing his wife undertaking toxicology tests inside Gold Coast house
As police investigate whether opioid use may have played a part in the suspected assault, an 82-year-old man charged with murdering his wife inside their Gold Coast home is awaiting toxicology tests.
On a visit to check on the elderly couple, Robyn Beever's daughter found her mother's bloodied body inside the garage of the Varsity Lakes home at 1.30pm yesterday.
Max Beever, the victim's husband, was admitted to the University Hospital of the Gold Coast, where he remains in a safe state and under police watch.
He was charged with killing his wife overnight.
Speaking at a press conference this morning, Detective Inspector Chris Ahearn of the Queensland Police said that Mr Beever "had no serious physical injury," but has undergone toxicology tests.
The old man is in a vulnerable condition and has declined to be questioned by police, Detective Inspector Ahearn said.
He refused to detail any medical problems that the 82-year-old may have, but added, "The gentleman's physicality is something that remains under investigation."
He noted that "giving us a better idea of what could have happened" would possibly be the toxicology findings.
There is no criminal background with either Mr Beever or his partner, and this is the first time they have had direct contact with the police.
As police search the home for items that may have been used during the suspected attack, the crime scene at the Gerona Circuit home will undoubtedly remain in place until tomorrow.
Among the objects discovered at the property now awaiting forensic investigation are an axe and a belt.
A more specific time of death will be given by the post mortem of Ms Beever's body, due to be carried out today, but Detective Inspector Ahearn said it is suspected that Ms Beever actually died yesterday, or maybe as far back as 6 pm the night before.
During that time, Detective Inspector Ahearn called for anyone who was in the area to come forward, especially anyone who might have heard something that might support investigators.
He described the death of Ms Beever as "a tragic event with a tragic result."
"Our hearts go out to this woman's family and friends," he said.
The daughter of the couple who found the body is "very distraught" and counseling is being given.
The murder charge of Mr. Beever was heard today at the Southport Magistrates Court, with the court hearing that he stayed in the hospital and was unable to testify.
No bail application was made and the case was adjourned until 5 March of next year.
Anyone with details is advised to call the police on 1800 333 000 at Policelink, or Crime Stoppers.