A man has been charged with murder and breaching a domestic violence order following the death of a woman on the Gold Coast.
QLD Police discovered the burned body of mother-of-three Kelly Wilkinson in the backyard of an Arundel home on Tuesday morning while conducting a welfare check after neighbours reported raised voices coming from the home.
On Tuesday evening, Gold Coast detectives charged a 34-year-old New Beith man.
The man, who remains under police guard in Gold Coast University Hospital, will have the charges presented to the Southport Magistrates Court on Wednesday in his absence.
He was earlier arrested on a lawn two blocks from the home after allegedly being found semi-conscious with serious burn injuries.
Detective Inspector Chris Ahearn said the injuries may have been caused by an attempt at self-harm and he may be moved to a Brisbane hospital for additional treatment.
Ahearn added that Wilkinson and the man were known to each other and were “potentially in a previous relationship”.
“So that is the subject of one of the avenues of our ongoing investigation into this matter,” he told reporters.
Police are speaking with local residents and have stopped rubbish collections over concerns potential evidence may have been dumped in a bin.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help the family and pay for Wilkinson’s funeral.
“Please help us. We appreciate any help no matter how big or small,” fundraiser organiser Natalie Wilkinson wrote.
The grim discovery comes after Brisbane mum Hannah Clarke, 31, was doused with petrol and set alight by her estranged husband while in her car with her three children in February 2020.
All four died of their injuries.
If you or someone you know is impacted by domestic or family violence, call 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or visit 1800RESPECT.org.au. In an emergency, call 000.
– with AAP