Residents heard chilling screams

VIOLENT STRUGGLE: Detective Inspector Dave Drinnen talks to media about the alleged murder of a 38-year-old man at Alexandra Headland.
VIOLENT STRUGGLE: Detective Inspector Dave Drinnen talks to media about the alleged murder of a 38-year-old man at Alexandra Headland. Brett Wortman

RESIDENTS living in a beachside Alexandra Headland unit complex have told of loud noises and late-night screaming matches leading up to the days before Nigel Hill was allegedly murdered.

The 38-year-old was found dead inside the Club Beaches unit on Alexandra Pde late Thursday night.

Police allege Mr Hill was bashed to death by his housemate Kai Cummins.

They said several other people had been inside the unit at the time.

Mr Cummins, who was unshaven and dressed in prison browns, was not required to enter a plea to a murder charge during his brief appearance in Maroochydore Magistrates Court yesterday.

The unit complex, next to Okinja Rd, was cast with a curious calmness yesterday as neighbours peered through curtains or sat on their balconies to watch forensic police investigators scour the unit.

Dressed in protective suits, gloves and masks, the investigators went in and out of the complex over several hours, looking for clues to what happened in the moments leading up to Mr Hill's death.

One neighbour, who did not wish to be named, said loud noises, swearing and commotion was regularly heard coming from the unit.

"Sometimes the yelling is so loud, I can hear the walls vibrating," he said.

"People in the unit stomp around, playing music and just scaring the kids that live in the complex, too."

The neighbour said he had been awake when police were called to the alleged murder scene at 11.30pm Thursday.

He said he had heard a female screaming frantically downstairs shortly before police arrived.

During a press conference yesterday, Detective Inspector Dave Drinnen said Mr Hill had been involved in a violent struggle with another person when he suffered head injuries.

"At this point in time, we cannot disclose whether a weapon was used - that will be subject to further investigations.

"These are people (Mr Hill and Mr Cummins) that police have had dealings with, but I can't go into what those dealings are."

Police prosecutor Sergeant Jamie Baker submitted a written objection to bail for Mr Cummins but Magistrate John Hodgins said any application would have to be submitted to the Supreme Court.

Solicitor Michael Robinson said Mr Cummins had applied for legal aid and asked for him to be excused from his next appearance.

The court heard other charges against Mr Cummins of stealing, assault and break and enter in relation to a separate incident would be mentioned along with his murder charge on March 11.

An autopsy to determine how Mr Hill died will be undertaken on Monday.

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