Pair charged with pensioner murder
A WOMAN and her son have been charged with the murder of Burnett Heads man Robin Behrendorff.
Toowoomba woman Samantha Brownlow was hauled from the bathroom of her Kearney St home yesterday before Bundaberg detectives charged her and son Cory Lovell with the murder of her stepfather.
Police raided her home at 11.45am, just minutes after arresting 19-year-old Mr Lovell in the car park of Toowoomba Plaza Shopping Centre.
Bundaberg Criminal Investigation Branch officer-in-charge Detective Senior Sergeant Joe Hildred said Ms Brownlow tried to hide in the bathroom as detectives raided her property.
He said a third person was also questioned by police yesterday, but was later released.
Police allege Ms Brownlow, 43, and Mr Lovell drove from Toowoomba to Burnett Heads on April 21 and murdered Mr Behrendorff, 62, in his home. His body was found on April 22.
An autopsy report confirmed Mr Behrendorff had suffered a severe trauma.
It is alleged the pair returned to Toowoomba in the early hours of April 22, their images captured by CCTV at a service station in Goomeri.
Det Sgt Hildred said searches of the route between Bundaberg and Toowoomba, which started last Thursday, were yet to uncover any clues related to the murder, but more searches were planned.
On Friday, Ms Brownlow confirmed she and Mr Lovell were the people in the CCTV images that had been released by police hoping for information from members of the public.
But she claimed she and her son had been travelling from Toowoomba to Bundaberg, when they stopped at Goomeri because of car troubles. “Our car had a cracked head,” she said.
An online tribute to Mr Behrendorff from Ms Brownlow read: “Rob, you were a great stepdad and will be missed. Rest in peace with mum now. All our love. samantha, caitlin, corey, tarnika xxx.”
Det Sgt Hildred thanked the media and members of the public for information that had helped in their investigations.
Ms Brownlow and Mr Lovell remained in custody last night.
They are due to appear in Toowoomba Magistrates Court today.