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Man charged with woman’s murder knew his victim, remains in custody

A man charged with murder after a woman’s body was found in an inner-Brisbane unit will remain in custody.

Apr 03, 2024, updated Apr 03, 2024
A general view of the Central Brunswick Apartment Hotel, at the scene of an alleged murder in Fortitude Valley, Brisbane, Wednesday, April 3, 2024. A 66-year-old woman has been found dead in a Brisbane unit and a man has been charged with murder. (AAP Image/Jono Searle) NO ARCHIVING

A general view of the Central Brunswick Apartment Hotel, at the scene of an alleged murder in Fortitude Valley, Brisbane, Wednesday, April 3, 2024. A 66-year-old woman has been found dead in a Brisbane unit and a man has been charged with murder. (AAP Image/Jono Searle) NO ARCHIVING

Steven Rhain Pinker, 42, was arrested about 1pm on Tuesday after police found the body of a 66-year-old West Australian woman in a Brunswick Street unit in Fortitude Valley.

The dead woman was related to Pinker and he was charged with one count of murder as a domestic violence offence.

The Fortitude Valley man was not required to appear in Brisbane Magistrates Court on Wednesday, when the case was first heard.

Pinker’s solicitor said he was in the court’s hands as to when the matter would next be heard for a committal mention.

“Given the nature of the charges, obviously there’s no application for bail,” the solicitor said.

Only the Supreme Court can grant bail for a murder charge in Queensland.

Police prosecutor Lauren Archer said she would start work on a brief of evidence and sought an adjournment of three or four weeks.

Magistrate Colin Strofield adjourned the matter until April 29 and remanded Pinker in custody.

Pinker was also excused from appearing in-person at the next court mention.

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