Man arrested in NSW after body found in Gold Coast rental home

UPDATE 6:15 AM, May 13 | Gold Coast Detectives are now seeking the extradition of a man, in relation to the death of a 38-year-old man in Surfers Paradise on May 10 .

It comes after the 26-year-old was arrested in Coffs Harbour yesterday afternoon, by New South Wales Police.

He was arrested in a car park on the Pacific Highway, near Arthur Street, at Coffs Harbour just after 5.00pm.

The man is expected to front the Coffs Harbour Local Court today, where Queensland detectives will apply for his extradition.

Investigations are continuing.

UPDATE 1:45 PM, May 12 | A MAN wanted by police in Queensland following the death of another man on the Gold Coast is now believed to be somewhere in New South Wales.

Coskun ‘CJ’ Marius, 26, is wanted for questioning over the brutal death of Dre Nova, 38, whose bloodied body was found in the lounge room of a run-down rental home in Surfers Paradise on Friday afternoon.

Marius is believed to have been at the home around the time of Mr Nova’s death and allegedly left the scene in a 2017 white rental Hi-Ace van.

In a statement on Sunday, police said the rental van was last seen on Brisbane’s bayside with Queensland registration 562-XHY on Saturday, the day after Mr Nova’s body was found.

But new information provided to police following a public appeal on Sunday afternoon indicates Marius, pictured above and below, may have since travelled to New South Wales.

Members of the public are warned not to approach Marius or the van and to immediately contact Triple Zero (000) if either are sighted.

Anyone else with information that could assist police with their investigation is urged to come forward and call crime stoppers on 1800 333 000.

EARLIER at 12:35 PM, May 12 | DETECTIVES have released a photo of a man who they are looking for following the brutal death of another man in Surfers Paradise.

Dre Nova, 38, was found dead, slumped in a reclining chair and covered in blood in the lounge room of a run-down rental home on Markwell Avenue shortly after 5pm on Friday.

It’s understood the local man suffered horrific head and facial injuries, with initial investigations suggesting he may have been bludgeoned to death.

Police made the chilling discovery after being called to the property and peering through a window.

Detective Inspector Matthew Ward from the Gold Coast CIB confirmed police received multiple triple zero calls to home, but would not say from who.

“There were a number of triple zero calls which we received which directed ambulance and police to the address,” he said.

“They became aware of the nature of an individual’s injuries in the address which we now know is Dre Nova.

“Those people are in the process of being spoken to by police and they are assisting us also.”

Speaking to reporters on Sunday morning, Detective Inspector Ward said it was too early to tell exactly how Mr Nova died, but said his death is believed to have occurred sometime around 5pm.

“I would assume [Mr Nova’s death] was in a close timeframe as to when the first triple zero call was made and that was around 5pm on Friday,” Det Insp Ward said.

“To say it broadly, there was trauma to the upper body but it is too early to speak to the nature of the injuries or what has caused Mr Nova’s death.

“However, I will say the injuries are not believed to be self inflicted or as a result of natural causes.”

An autopsy was being conducted this morning to determine the cause of death.

Following investigations, detectives on Sunday released a photo of a man who they are confident will be able to “contribute significantly” to their investigation.

Coskun ‘CJ’ Marius, 26, is wanted for questioning by police | Source: Queensland Police

Coskun Marius, 26, also known as ‘CJ’, is believed to have been at the Markwell Ave home around the time of Mr Nova’s death and allegedly left the scene in a 2017 white rental Hi-Ace van.

“He has been identified through other inquiries we have made as being present at the time,” Det Insp Ward said.

“We are confident he will be able to contribute significantly to us developing a greater understanding as to the injuries which were sustained to Mr Nova.”

Ward confirmed Marius and Mr Nova were known to each other and may have been staying at the rental home on a temporary basis, but said neither was listed as being a tenant on the lease.

“They are acquaintances, but as to the extent of that relationship, I can’t comment any further. I am unaware.”

The rental van taken from the Markwell Ave home, similar to that pictured below, was seen on Brisbane’s bayside yesterday with Queensland registration 562-XHY.

Police say its number plates may or may not have now been changed.

Members of the public are warned not to approach Marius or the vehicle and to immediately contact Triple Zero (000) if either are sighted.

Source: Queensland Police

Source: Queensland Police

Earlier, a neighbour told News Corp the Markwell Avenue home had been “a house of horrors for months”.

“You’ve never heard such violence, such screaming,” he said. “I’ve been waiting for something like this to happen.”

It’s understood a woman and a young girl who had reportedly been living at the property haven’t been seen for weeks, while a younger man who had recently moved in was often heard arguing with the now deceased man.

Homicide detectives and forensic police have spent the weekend at the home, processing the scene and reviewing footage from surrounding CCTV cameras.

A major investigation centre has also been established at the Surfers Paradise police station and is being manned by both local and state’s homicide detectives.

Anyone with any information that could assist police with their investigation is urged to come forward and call crime stoppers on 1800 333 000.

If you have information for Police, please contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using their online form 24 hours per day.

You can also report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24 hours per day. Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation.

Court

No docs shredded in Dawson case: reporter

UPDATE at 5:55 PM | THE journalist behind the popular podcast The Teacher’s Pet, about the disappearance of Sydney woman Lynette Dawson, has denied claims by the alleged killer’s lawyer that important documents may have been “shredded”.

Former rugby league player and teacher Chris Dawson has been charged with murdering his then-wife Lyn in 1982 on Sydney’s northern beaches.

Dawson’s lawyer, Greg Walsh, took aim at News Corp Australia journalist Hedley Thomas on Thursday for interviewing witnesses relevant to an ongoing police investigation.

Mr Walsh told Sydney’s Downing Centre Local Court that Thomas hadn’t disclosed all relevant material to investigators and may have destroyed some.

He referred to a comment by Thomas at a question-and-answer style event about the podcast in Brisbane before Dawson was charged in December 2018.

Dawson’s lawyer said the journalist told the crowd parts of his podcast had to be “shredded” because someone could “go to jail if it airs”.

“This material is vitally important to the defence,” Mr Walsh told chief magistrate Graeme Henson.

But Thomas says the lawyer “egregiously” misrepresented his comments which related to a part of a draft script being withheld “for legal reasons”.

“There was never any suggestion that any underlying document had been destroyed,” Thomas said in a statement on Thursday.

He said his exact words were: “The lawyers … got back to me today and said ‘We, ah, we think chapter 5 of episode 7 needs to be significantly shredded, cut out, and I was like ‘Oh why?’ and they said ‘Well you’ll go to jail if it stays’.”

Thomas stressed he’d handed over to prosecutors one hundred gigabytes of audio and hundreds of documents.

The journalist said he was in the process of identifying and providing further relevant material.

Thomas and News Corp urged all parties “including Mr Walsh” to confine their comments to the courtroom in the interests of justice.

Mr Walsh earlier told the magistrate he’d apply to have Thomas give evidence at Dawson’s committal hearing. Prosecutors said they’d want to cross-examine the reporter if he did appear.

If NSW Police can’t obtain all relevant material, Mr Walsh said, he may issue subpoenas to Thomas.

Dawson, who’s on bail after being charged, travelled from Queensland to be in court on Thursday as his lawyer secured a minor variation to his police reporting conditions.

The 70-year-old sat silently in the back row next to his brother Peter.

Dawson was arrested on the Gold Coast in early December and extradited to NSW where he was charged with murdering his wife.

Ms Dawson was 33 when she went missing in early 1982 leaving behind two young daughters.

The matter is expected back before the same court on June 20.

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FIRST at 1:45 PM | THE journalist behind the popular podcast The Teacher’s Pet, about the disappearance of Sydney woman Lynette Dawson, may have “shredded” material that could be significant to the case, a court has been told.

Former rugby league player and teacher Chris Dawson has been charged with murdering Lyn in 1982 on Sydney’s northern beaches.

Dawson’s lawyer, Greg Walsh, took aim at News Corp Australia journalist Hedley Thomas on Thursday for interviewing witnesses relevant to an ongoing police investigation.

Mr Walsh told Sydney’s Downing Centre Local Court that Thomas hadn’t disclosed all relevant material to investigators and may have “shredded” some.

“This material is vitally important to the defence,” the lawyer told chief magistrate Graeme Henson.

Mr Walsh indicated he’d lodge an application to have Thomas give evidence at Dawson’s committal hearing.

Prosecutors told the court they’d want to cross-examine Thomas if he did appear.

If NSW Police can’t obtain and hand over the material, Mr Walsh said, he may issue subpoenas to Thomas.

Dawson, who’s on bail after being charged in December, travelled from Queensland to be in court on Thursday as his lawyer requested a variation to his police reporting conditions.

He sat silently in the back row next to his brother Peter.

The exact nature of what material may have been destroyed is unclear but the court heard it could include “master tapes” of interviews with witnesses.

The fact material may have been shredded emerged, according to Mr Walsh, when Thomas appeared at a public event in Brisbane in 2017.

The journalist fielded questions from an audience and stated that part of episode seven of his podcast needed to be “shredded” because someone could “go to jail if it airs”, Dawson’s lawyer told the court.

Outside court, Mr Walsh said he’d be prepared to fight “a significant argument” to show Thomas had waived his privilege to protect his sources.

Dawson was arrested on the Gold Coast in December and extradited to NSW where he was charged with murdering his wife.

Ms Dawson was 33 when she went missing in early 1982 leaving behind two young daughters.

The matter is expected back before the same court on June 20. Thomas has been contacted for comment.

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Election campaign returns to the economy

THE federal election campaign has made a sharp turn back to the economy ahead of a third and final leaders’ debate.

As Scott Morrison railed against Bill Shorten’s union links on Wednesday, two former Labor leaders have defended the party’s record on jobs and budget management.

“It is a blatant denial of history for Scott Morrison to allege that the Labor Party cannot manage the economy when he knows the design and structure of the modern Australian economy was put in place exclusively by the Labor Party,” former prime ministers Paul Keating and Bob Hawke wrote in an opinion piece published by The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age.

Mr Morrison told a NSW Business Chamber function a Shorten government would give militant unions a blank cheque.

“If Bill Shorten is elected, Sally McManus will now be a board member, figuratively, on every single one of your companies,” he told bosses.

“The union movement will basically be in control of your businesses if the Labor Party is elected on the 18th of May.”

Ahead of the debate, Mr Shorten campaigned on the NSW south coast where Labor is hoping to pick up the seat of Gilmore, being contested for the Liberals by former ALP national president Warren Mundine.

Labor is promising to tip $250 million into a “better care fund” to provide incentives to hospitals, specialists and primary healthcare providers to improve care and cut waiting times.

The Labor leader also condemned a Daily Telegraph article about his comments on ABC’s Q&A program on Monday about his mother, who wanted to become a lawyer but instead took a teaching scholarship so she could look after her younger siblings.

The news outlet said Mr Shorten omitted the fact she went on to become a barrister, however – in an emotional answer to journalists’ questions – he said his mother suffered discrimination in the workplace.

Journalist Anna Caldwell told Sky News the story “in no way, shape or form” was an attack on Mr Shorten’s mother and the newspaper had done its homework.

After close contests in two debates last week, the prime minister and Labor leader will have their final televised showdown at the National Press Club in Canberra on Wednesday night.

“The debate reinforces this simple point, and that is, at the election on the 18th of May it will be a choice about who you want to be prime minister,” Mr Morrison said.

“It won’t just affect the next three years if there is a change of government – it will affect the next 10 years.”

Press club president and ABC journalist Sabra Lane will moderate the one-hour televised showdown, which will focus on the domestic and international policies of both major parties.

Undecided voters gave the first two debates, which were held in Perth and Brisbane, to Mr Shorten – the first by a 2-to-1 margin and the second by a narrow win.

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Currumbin Wildlife Foundation

$1m pledge to support Gold Coast koala population

$1 million in funding has been pledge to Currumbin Wildlife Hospital under a plan to support koala populations in South East Queensland and Northern NSW.

The commitment is part of a $6 million initiative which would also provide grants to protect koala habitats in the region.

It will include on ground action to protect koala habitat areas, enhance the corridors that connect local populations and funding for two other wildlife hospitals.

Doctor Michael Pyne, Currumbin Wildlife Hospital Senior Veterinarian said the contribution will make such a difference in the fight to save our koalas.

“Our wild koalas are in crisis. This incredibly generous contribution will allow Currumbin Wildlife Hospital to keep up with the demands of the ever growing wildlife admissions, now admitting almost 500 koalas and well over 11,000 wildlife patients every year,” Dr Pyne said.

“Currumbin Wildlife Hospital is overflowing with patients, this contribution will allow us to upgrade our facilities to better manage the ever growing patient admissions.”

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary Koalas

PHOTO: Supplied by Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

Gold Coast MP Karen Andrews was on hand to make the announcement on Tuesday, as part of a Coalition election promise.

“The team at the Currumbin Wildlife Hospital do an incredible job treating, rehabilitating and releasing sick, injured and orphaned native wildlife and I’ve been very proudly campaigning on their behalf,” Minister Andrews said.

“The koala is a national symbol and this program would play a key role in their protection,” Ms Andrews added.

The funding will also help private landholders to better protect, manage and restore habitat areas, support community education and engagement, and actions to reduce vehicle strikes and dog attacks.

Avengers Endgame

Avengers: Endgame reaches $2bn milestone

Disney’s Avengers: Endgame is continuing its unprecedented box office run, assembling another $US145 million ($A206 million) at the domestic box office during its second weekend in theatres.

Avengers: Endgame now stands as the second-biggest movie of all time with $US2.188 billion ($A3.1 billion) worldwide.

The Marvel juggernaut became the fastest film to gross $US2 billion globally, reaching that benchmark in just 11 days.

It took Avatar, the previous record-holder for fastest film to $US2 billion, 47 days to reach that milestone.

Avengers: Endgame has now generated $US619 million at the domestic box office and $US1.56 billion internationally.

In North America, Avengers: Endgame dipped 59 per cent from its opening weekend. That wasn’t enough to secure the biggest second weekend of all time, a record still held by Star Wars: The Force Awakens with $US149 million.

However, it passed Avengers: Infinity War ($US114 million) to hold the second-biggest weekend ever. Only six films have ever surpassed $US100 million in their second weekends.

Repeat viewings from comic-book enthusiasts, as well as premium formats like Imax and 3D, have helped box office receipts reach extraordinary heights.

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