Murder accused faces Toowoomba court

FAMILY members of murder accused William Francis Dean were in Toowoomba Magistrates Court this morning for the first mention of the 37-year-old's charges.

Dean gave a slight nod to acknowledge his supporters as he entered the court.

His solicitor, Jodie Mair from Moloney MacCallum Lawyers at Southport, asked Magistrate Bevan Manthey if the matters could be adjourned to Brisbane Magistrates Court to link up with the matters of Dean's two co accused.

Mr Manthey adjourned the matters until October 16 for mention in Brisbane.

Dean said nothing, but did make a brief gesture with his handcuffed hands to his family as he was being led from the courtroom.

He was charged in Toowoomba on Saturday with murder, torture, deprivation of liberty and interfering with a corpse in relation to the death of Gold Coast man Shaun Barker.

The offences are alleged to have occurred between December 9 last year and January 1 this year.

His two co accused, Stephen John Armitage and Matthew Leslie Armitage, were also charged with the same offences.

The Cooloola Cove father and son, aged 45 and 22, appeared in Brisbane Magistrates Court this morning.

Their matters were adjourned for mention in the same court on November 3.

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