Accused murderer faces spate of extra charges
THE man accused of murdering Goondiwindi woman Alexis Jeffery in March remains in custody.
Robert Ian Trebeck was arrested at a property at Bowen on Saturday and appeared in Proserpine Magistrate's Court yesterday.
The 33-year-old is also facing separate charges of assault occasioning bodily harm, failing to leave licensed premises and three counts of obstructing police.
Due to these extra charges, arising from a totally separate incident in Airlie Beach on June 2, defence solicitor Timothy Wise, of Groves and Clark Solicitors in Ayr, applied for the court to be closed.
Mr Wise submitted it was in the public interest to close the court because hearing the unrelated matters publicly "could be prejudicial moving forward" or ultimately affect the outcome of a future murder trial.
Police prosecutor Elizabeth Smith argued there would have to be "significant issues of public interest" and in this instance that was not the case.
Ms Smith also said any application to close the court should be "properly grounded", with written submissions made.
"And that's not been done," she said.
Magistrate Haydn Stjernqvist refused the application to close the court, describing it as "novel".
Bail was revoked and Trebeck, a pig hunter and bull rider, was remanded in custody.
On the charges from June2 he will appear in the Proserpine Magistrate's Court on August 18, via a phone link from prison.
The murder charge was transferred back to Goondiwindi where it will be heard next on September 30. Trebeck will appear by phone or video link.
Alexis Jeffery, 24, was killed as she walked home in Goondiwindi on March 16.
The body of the mother-of-three was later discovered on the banks of the Macintyre River, just 500m from her home.
Trebeck was identified as a person of interest in the investigation after police released CCTV footage of Ms Jeffery walking down the city's main road with a man.
Trebeck moved away from the Goondiwindi area after Ms Jeffery's death.