Bail refused for Gold Coast Brothel madam accused of murder

A GOLD Coast brothel madam will likely remain in jail for at least two years before facing trial for murder, were she faces life in prison over the 2013 shooting death of rugby league legend Tony McGrath.

Susan Ellen Stewart, 45, is also facing charges of arson, attempted murder, sourcing and supplying illegal drugs and entering a dwelling with intent as part of a previous plan to allegedly drug and kill McGrath.

My Daily News reports the court heard McGrath was shot in the head – allegedly by Stewart’s driver and co-accused Tony John Taylor – at his home in the Brisbane suburb of Woolloongabba with a shortened .22 on May 21 last year.


It was also revealed that eight months earlier, McGrath had survived a fire at his home, allegedly started by Stewart and Taylor after Stewart believed McGrath had signed off on changes to his will which apparently made her his sole beneficiary.

He was left with severe burns and lost three toes.

Despite a clean record, Stewart’s request for bail was rejected due to the severity of the charges were serious enough that Stewart may attempt to escape or influence witnesses.

Read more at My Daily News.