Crime scene on Brae St at The Range.
Crime scene on Brae St at The Range.

Estranged husband in court accused of murdering Rocky mum

UPDATE: The man accused and charged with the murder of his estranged wife Karen Gilliland has had his matter heard in court.

Nigel Gilliland, 45, did not appear in Rockhampton Magistrates Court this afternoon, where his matter was mentioned before Magistrate Jeff Clarke.

Mr Gilliland's solicitor Rowan King ordered a brief of evidence and requested the defendant be remanded in custody.

No application for bail was made.

Mr Gilliland was remanded in custody and the matter was adjourned until August 19 to a committal callover.

INITIAL: The estranged husband of deceased Rockhampton woman Karen Gilliland has today been charged following the alleged fatal stabbing on Tuesday night.

Nigel Gilliland is expected to face Rockhampton Magistrates Court this morning on one count each of murder relating to domestic violence and entering premises with intent.

It will be alleged the 45-year-old stabbed Ms Gilliland multiple times in both her neck and abdomen during the attack before fleeing the scene.

The tragic incident unfolded just after 6pm in front of the couple's two young daughters at a Brae St address.

Mr Gillilan was captured following an hours-long manhunt that same evening, with police eventually detaining the man in nearby bushland on Penlington St.

 

Investigators at the site of an alleged murder in Brae St South Rockhampton
Investigators at the site of an alleged murder in Brae St South Rockhampton

 

He was taken to Rockhampton Hospital where he underwent surgery for suspected self-inflicted injuries.

Police were yesterday waiting to speak with the man to determined whether he would face charges.

More to come.



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