A man has been charged with murdering his estranged wife after waking from a coma.
Brian Earl Johnston, 34, who had been guarded by police for 10 days before he woke from an induced coma, was charged with three offences, including murdering Kelly Wilkinson.
The mum-of-three's charred remains were discovered in her garden in Arundel in Australia's Gold Coast on April 20.
It is understood Johnston, a former US military corporal, suffered severe burns to his hands and airway.
"Police wanted to interview him but we obviously rejected that as he wasn’t in any position to do an interview," Johnston's lawyer Chris Hannay told News Corp.
Wilkinson's family claim she had called the police numerous times in the weeks before her death.
One of her three sisters, Natalie Wilkinson, told Seven News she had driven Kelly to the police station “almost every day” to report alleged court order violations.
Hundreds gathered to hold vigils across Queensland to honour Kelly and other victims of domestic abuse, and call for action.
In an unrelated case in Gold Coast, Lourdi "Lordy" Ramadan, 49, was found inside a wooden chest at her home last month.
Her partner Craig Bouma, 53, was also found dead in the property in an alleged murder-suicide.
Police, who also discovered a note believed to have been left by Bouma, said Ramadan's body could have been in the chest for more than a week.
Bouma was reportedly Ramadan’s partner and carer, who helped manage her chronic illness.
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“We were here last month with a Gold Coast woman murdered and today we’re here again remembering two more Gold Coast women – this has got to stop,” Di Macleod, director of the Gold Coast Centre Against Sexual Violence, who took part in one of the rallies, said.
“When these things happen we come together as a community and we’re often moved to tears and rightly so.”
“But we’ve got to move beyond that — we’ve got to be moved to action — if this doesn’t outrage us, what will?”
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