Case adjourned in relation to murder of Alexis Jeffery
THE man accused of murdering Goondiwindi woman Alexis Jeffrey in March remains in custody.
Robert Ian Trebeck was arrested at a property at Bowen on Saturday and appeared in Proserpine Magistrate's Court on Monday.
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.
For the offences from June 2, 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.
6.20am: "IT was like a kick in the guts."
That's how Lachlan Jeffery described hearing the news that his sister Alexis Jeffery had been murdered.
"I didn't know what to do or what to say," he said.
Police took a major step forward in the investigation into the 24-year-old mother-of-three's death when they arrested and charged Robert Trebeck with her murder at the weekend.
Mr Jeffery praised the work of Goondiwindi police in making an arrest.
"I'd like to say thank you to the Goondiwindi police - and the police in general - for all the work they put in to (make an arrest)," he said yesterday.
"I expected I'd be a bit more relaxed, happier, and mum's the same," he said.
"But it doesn't really change anything because Alexis is still gone."
Mr Trebeck, 33, was arrested on a property in Bowen in north Queensland at 8am on Saturday.
During the investigation, police released CCTV footage of Miss Jeffery walking down the city's main road with a man.
Mr Trebeck was pictured in the footage holding hands with her as they walked along Marshall St about 2.15am on March 16.
Mr Trebeck had earlier been identified as a person of interest in the investigation and moved away from the Goondiwindi area after Miss Jeffery's death.
Mr Jeffery said some days were harder than others and for the first few weeks after his sister's death he had not wanted to get out of bed or leave the house.
But now, a few months on from when his sister's body was found on the banks of the Macintyre River on March 16, just 500m from her home, Mr Jeffery can get together with his mates, have a drink and remember the good and bad things about his sister.
"When we were living at home she was a bit of a pain but as we got older and she grew up a bit you realise what's really important to you," he said.
When she had been missing, he and the rest of the family were optimistic she'd turn up as she had a bit of a habit of going out with a mate and not let anyone know where she'd gone.
"We just thought her phone had gone flat or something," he said.
"You see it in the papers and on the TV but you never think it will happen to your family."
He said his mother was coping as best as she could and was looking after her daughter's youngest son.
"It keeps her preoccupied looking after him, but every now and then she has her bad days too."
Mr Jeffery said his sister's two older children were with their father.
"They're still pretty young and don't really understand what's going on.
"The oldest boy sits around and wonders where his mother is and sometimes has a bit of a cry."
He said the support from his girlfriend Grace had been amazing.
"It hit her pretty hard as well as she had got to know her (Alexis) over time too," he said.
"She helped us out a lot with the funeral arrangements and things because we weren't really in the right frame of mind. It made life easier."
Darling Downs District Crime Group officer Detective Acting Inspector Paul Hart said the arrest was a step forward in the investigation.
"This will bring partial closure to the matter for Miss Jeffery's family and the people of Goondiwindi," he said.
"But police realise that it's another step in the process and there is still plenty of work to do as we progress through the court proceedings."
Goondiwindi Mayor Graeme Scheu was pleased charges had been laid.
"I think they (the community) feel a lot more at ease knowing that charges have been laid," he said.
"The public understands and fully support the actions (taken by police) in making a charge.
"It's been a hell of a shock to the town. I didn't know her personally but I had heard about her.
"It's good to see justice has been done."
Mr Trebeck will appear in Proserpine Magistrates Court today.
UPDATE: POLICE have charged Robert Trebeck with one count of murder in relation to the death of Goondiwindi mother Alexis Jeffery.
The 33-year-old man was located on a property outside of Bowen and charged with one count of murder in relation to the death of Miss Jeffery.
He will be transfered to Airlie Beach where he will remain in custody until Monday morning, when he will appear at the Proserpine Magistrates Court on Monday, June 30.
EARLIER: A 33-YEAR-OLD man has been arrested in relation to the murder of Goondiwindi mother Alexis Jeffery.
Police said the man, who was a person of interest in the case, was arrested in Bowen in North Queensland at 8am today.
However, police said no charges had been laid yet.
Media reports have named the man as farm labourer Robert Trebeck.
Ms Jeffery, 24, was killed as she walked home in Goondiwindi in March.
Her body was discovered on the banks of the Macintyre River.