Exclusive: Inside Kelly Wilkinson’s terrifying last moments

 

NEIGHBOURS rushed to Kelly Wilkinson's home after seeing flames shooting up over the fence.

When they got there they allegedly saw blood on the rear patio and the young mother up against the fence motionless and well alight about 6.40am on Tuesday.

Police also found what appeared to be a melted red plastic jerry can, three knives and duct tape in the backyard of Ms Wilkinson's Spikes Court, Arundel home.

Kelly Wilkinson. Picture Facebook
Kelly Wilkinson. Picture Facebook

A blood trail was found leading away from the property to a nearby Langer Place home where her estranged partner, former US Marine Brian Earl Johnston was found, it is alleged.

Witnesses are believed to have told police they had seen a man dressed in black with blood on his hands and wrists running from the home.

A knife sheath found by police on Johnston when he was semi-conscious in the front yard is being examined to determine whether it matches one of the knives found near Ms Wilkinson's body.

 

Police at the scene at Spikes Court, Arundel. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Steve Holland
Police at the scene at Spikes Court, Arundel. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Steve Holland

 

The three knives found in the yard by police were in three different locations - one in the pool, one in the grass and one under Ms Wilkinson's head.

What appeared to be a melted red, plastic jerry can was also found by Ms Wilkinson's body.

Police allegedly also found in the back yard a camouflage duffel bag containing white rope, duct tape and a black and red jemmy bar.

Police at the scene at Spikes Court Arundel where a man has been charged with the murder of mother Kelly Wilkinson. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Steve Holland
Police at the scene at Spikes Court Arundel where a man has been charged with the murder of mother Kelly Wilkinson. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Steve Holland

Johnston has been charged with murdering Ms Wilkinson by setting her alight.

While it is believed the fire was her cause of death, police will have to wait up to nine months for toxicology results to be returned.

It is alleged neighbours heard raised voices about 6am and alerted police after seeing flames higher than the fence dividing the properties.

Johnston remains in a Brisbane hospital where he allegedly has significant burns.

The 34-year-old was charged with multiple charges including murder and breaching bail.

When the case was in Southport Magistrates Court on Wednesday morning police prosecutor Senior Sergeant Nicole Johnston said it would take up to nine months for forensic pathology results to come back.

Police at the scene at Spikes Court. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Steve Holland
Police at the scene at Spikes Court. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Steve Holland

Johnston, who lives in Logan, was born in Wooster, Ohio and is a former US Marine.

He and Ms Wilkinson had been together for about nine years.

Johnston remains under police guard in hospital and will be transferred to prison on remand when fit for release.

 

 

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Originally published as Exclusive: Inside Kelly Wilkinson's terrifying last moments



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