Turner remanded on Lieske murder

By EVAN SCHWARTEN

A THIRTY-year-old man appeared in Rockhampton Magistrates Court yesterday charged with murdering Rockhampton woman Nicole Margaret Lieske.

Steven Roy Turner remained expressionless after arriving in police custody for the brief appearance at 9.30am.

It is alleged the Rockhampton man murdered Ms Lieske between February 3 and 6 this year.

He is also facing a charge of interfering with Ms Lieske's body, which was found in bushland north of Rockhampton earlier this year.

His solicitor Nici Schmitt asked for the matter to be remanded until a police brief on the charge had been completed. Magistrate Bronwyn Springer adjourned the case for 10 weeks, meaning the matter won't come before court again until December 5.

Turner, dressed in a plain, brown shirt and black pants and with a goatee beard and closely cropped hair, did not look at the almost vacant public gallery during the proceedings.

Detectives had charged him over the weekend after a fourmonth investigation.

Nicole Lieske's remains were found in Mt Etna National Park, north of Rockhampton, on May 29 following a widespread search by police for the woman who had been missing since January this year.

It took more than a month to identify the body using DNA testing.

The mother of three was buried in Emu Park in July.



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