Paperwork mix-up in murder case

THE man accused of murdering John Howdle has been kept in jail while lawyers try to determine whether he should also be charged with inflicting grievous bodily harm.

Brent Anthony Seymour was charged with murder after the two men were involved in a fight over $10 in September at Brisbane.

It is alleged Mr Howdle, the father of a Gladstone teenager, fell down stairs and hit his head on a cement path. He was taken to hospital and died the following day.

Mr Seymour's case was mentioned at Brisbane Magistrates Court on Monday when it was revealed there had been a mix-up in paperwork.

The court heard Mr Seymour was originally charged with attempted murder and inflicting grievous bodily harm.

The attempted murder offence was upgraded to murder the following day when Mr Howdle died.

But it still unclear whether Mr Seymour is to face the grievous bodily harm offence, which is still before the court.

The court heard police prosecutors were following up the possible error.

The prosecution also asked for the case to be adjourned for two months to review autopsy reports.

Mr Seymour's case was adjourned until January 18 next year. He did not apply for bail and was remanded in custody.

The prosecution has also been ordered to complete a brief of evidence by January 6.

- APN NEWSDESK



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