Gold Coast man sentenced to life behind bars for axe murder of pregnant girlfriend

UPDATE @ 12.00 PM | A Gold Coast man who killed his pregnant girlfriend with a tomahawk has been sentenced to life behind bars.

Brock Wall learned his fate in Brisbane’s Supreme Court on Monday, where he was given a life sentence for the murder of 34-year-old Fabiana Palhares, as well as a life sentence for killing her unborn child.

Ms Palhares was killed at her Varsity Lakes home in February 2015.


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At the time, Wall was arrested a few streets away and charged with murder, however police soon discovered Palhares was 10 weeks pregnant and Wall was additionally charged with unlawful assault of a pregnant woman.

Wall pleaded guilty last week, just days before he was due to face trial.

EARLIER @ 7.00 AM | A Gold Coast man who pleaded guilty to murdering his pregnant girlfriend with a tomahawk will learn his fate today.

Brock Wall entered the plea in Brisbane’s Supreme Court last Thursday, three years after the fatal domestic violence incident and just days before he was due to go to trial.

Brazilian national Fabiana Palhares, 34, was killed at her Varsity Lakes home in February 2015.

At the time, Wall was arrested a few streets away and charged with murder, however police soon discovered Palhares was 10 weeks pregnant and Wall was additionally charged with unlawful assault of a pregnant woman.

He’s due to be sentenced in Brisbane’s Supreme Court on Monday.

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Shanee is a full-time Digital Journalist and Social Media Content Producer. In 2014, Shanee graduated from Griffith University’s Gold Coast Campus with a Bachelor of Communications majoring in Journalism, Public Relations and Marketing. Since joining 1029 Hot Tomato, Shanee has been keeping you up to date with breaking news and everything Gold Coast on myGC. Shanee also writes and photographs for Peony & Page, a personal home, style and travel blog & Instagram alias she founded in 2015.

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