A man accused of driving Kelly Wilkinson’s alleged murderer to her home, knowing she would be killed, will remain behind bars until the next court appearance with his co-accused.
Bradley Bell was charged with the murder of the Gold Coast mum on Tuesday following ongoing police investigations into her death.
Camera IconPolice allege Bradley Bell (pictured) assisted Brian Earl Johnston with the murder of his estranged wife Kelly Wilkinson by driving him to her home and filling up a jerry can with fuel along the way. Credit: Supplied
Brian Earl Johnston, Ms Wilkinson’s estranged husband, is accused of dousing her in petrol and setting her alight on April 20 in the back of her home.
Police allege Mr Bell, 25, drove Mr Johnston to the home, helping fill up a jerry can with fuel along the way.
Mr Bell, dressed in a white hospital gown and wearing a face mask, did not speak during his brief appearance at Southport Magistrates Court on Wednesday morning.
Family members of Ms Wilkinson watched silently from the public gallery.
Camera IconKelly Wilkinson’s burned body was found at the back of her Gold Coast home in April. Her estranged husband and another man, Bradley Bell, have been charged with her murder. Credit: Supplied
His lawyer asked for an adjournment to October 15 to allow matters to join up with Mr Johnston’s and to allow for a brief of evidence to be prepared.
There was no application for bail.
Mr Bell’s lawyer declined to speak to media outside the court.
The shock twist in the homicide investigation comes more than four months after Ms Wilkinson’s death shocked the nation.
Camera IconBrian Earl Johnston remains in custody on remand charged with his ex-wife’s murder but his health in custody remains poor. Credit: Supplied
On Tuesday, Detective Inspector Chris Ahern said Mr Bell worked together and were believed to have lived together “on and off”.
“(Police will allege) these acts were preparatory … he (allegedly) aided Kelly’s estranged husband with committing a number of acts that helped him commit murder,” he said.
“In Queensland law, you can be held culpable for murder in those circumstances.
“This man was interviewed by police at the time of Ms Wilkinson’s (alleged) murder … he gave a version at the time (and) subsequent police investigations have been able to discount that version.
“We will allege he knew what the end result was going to be.”
Mr Johnston remains in custody on remand but is still in dire health.