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Murder Accused To Face QLD Court Today

The man accused of bludgeoning Gold Coast mother Tara Brown to death will face court on Wednesday morning.

Lionel Patea, 24, has been charged with Ms Brown's murder after a horrific incident last week.

Patea is alleged to have used a cast iron fire hydrant cover to repeatedly hit Ms Brown in the face as the 24-year-old woman lay trapped in a car which Patea is accused of having earlier forced off the road.

Ms Brown died the following day from her injuries after her life support was turned off.

Patea was formally charged at bedside hearing in hospital last week after sustaining self-inflicted stab wounds to his abdomen.

Patea has also been charged with breaching a domestic violence order and dangerous operation of a motor vehicle.

His appearance at Southport Magistrates Court comes amid reports he has been placed in protective custody for his own safety in prison.


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