Woman faces court over Booval shooting

Police and forensic officers inspect a Booval property following a fatal shooting last week.
Police and forensic officers inspect a Booval property following a fatal shooting last week. David Nielsen

UPDATE 10AM: THE woman arrested overnight in relation to a home invasion at Booval where a man was shot and killed has appeared briefly in court.

Johanna Maree Harper, 21, fronted Ipswich Magistrates Court on Thursday wearing a white singlet top, whitewashed jeans and had a bandaged left arm.

No application for bail was made.

Her legal representative, Matthew Fairclough, sought an adjournment and indicated a future bail application would be made.

Magistrate Deborah Vasta adjourned the matter until March 17.


EARLIER: DETECTIVES have charged a second person stemming from the fatal shooting last week at Booval.

A 21-year-old Boronia Heights woman has been charged with two counts of armed robbery and one count each of assault occasioning bodily harm, enter a dwelling by break while armed and unlawful possession of a Category H weapon.

She is expected to appear in the Ipswich Magistrates Court today.

Coominya man Joshua Leonard John Watson-Scully, 20,  was charged earlier this week with two counts of armed robbery and one count each of assault occasioning bodily harm, enter a dwelling by break while armed and unlawful possession of a Category A weapon.

It is alleged around 1am a group of people broke into a Stafford Street residence before confronting a male resident, Ben Caffery, 27, and striking him in the head.

One of the alleged intruders, a man, 26, sustained a gunshot wound and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Investigations into the shooting aspect of the incident remains under investigation.


EARLIER: A COOMINYA man has been charged with home invasion offences stemming from a fatal shooting last week at Booval.

But the mystery surrounding who fired the fatal shot continues.

Joshua Leonard John Watson-Scully, 20, appeared briefly on Monday in Ipswich Magistrates Court after being charged at the weekend with a host of offences.

He is facing five charges including enter dwelling with intent, assault causing bodily harm in company, two counts of robbery with violence and unlawful use of a firearm.

Mr Watson-Scully (pictured) made no application for bail and was remanded into custody.

Magistrate Roger Stark adjourned the matter until March 17 when it is expected Mr Watson-Scully will make an application for bail.

Mr Watson-Scully was one of a group of men who stormed the Stafford St address during the early hours of the morning.

Another intruder, a man, 26, was shot and killed during the incident.

His identity has not been released but it is understood he is from the Ipswich area.

Ben Caffrey, 27, and his partner Jasmine Ockhuysen, 26, who both live at the address, spent several hours being interviewed last Friday at Yamanto police station.

Another man, 24, who was present inside the house at the time of the shooting, was also interviewed at length.

Police said those three people were not suspects at this stage.

Inspector Lew Strohfeldt said the investigation was a complex one but he was confident investigators would get to the bottom of how events unfolded inside the house.

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