UPDATE @ 2 July, 3.00 PM: The man accused of killing Queensland teenager Larissa Beilby is planning to fight his murder charge.
Zlatko Sikorsky did not appear in Maroochydore Magistrates Court on Monday morning, after being charged with multiple offences related to murder, torture and deprivation of liberty.
His lawyer Brendan Ryan told reporters outside of court Mr Sikorsky intended to fight the murder charge on a misadventure defence.
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“Police have located various items in the unit that he was located in, those charges will not be defended,” he said.
“The murder charge will be defended in due course and that’s going to be a lengthy process before we ever get to trial.”
The 34-year-old is accussed of holding Larissa against her will, as well as possessing weapons and dangerous drugs.
Officers will accuse Mr Sikorsky of killing the 16-year-old sometime between June 22 and 28.
The matter has been adjourned for committal in Beenleigh Magistrates Court on September 3.
Additional reporting by Mitchell Van Homrigh.
EARLIER @ 2 July, 6.30 AM: The man accused of murdering Queensland teenager Larissa Beilby has had 16 additional charges laid against him.
Zlatko Sikorsky is due to appear in Maroochydore Magistrates Court today charged with murder and misconduct with a corpse.
He is also facing further charges including two counts of possessing tainted property, and one count each of dangerous operation of a vehicle, unlawful use of a motor vehicle, obstructing a police officer, possessing a category H weapon, possessing a category C weapon, and possessing dangerous drugs.
The 34-year-old was taken into custody on Saturday night, following a marathon 27-hour standoff with police at a Sunshine Coast unit complex.
Sikorsky had allegedly been driven to the Alexandra Headlands property on Friday whilst on the run from police following the discovery of Miss Beilby’s body.
The 16-year-old was found in a barrel, on the back of a utility in a gated community on Silky Oak Drive in Stapylton on Wednesday.
Police was looking for the schoolgirl, who had been reported missing by her father on June 26, when they made the gruesome discovery.
Sikorsky is due to appear in Maroochydore Magistrates Court this morning, along with a 40-year-old Palmwoods woman and a 38-year-old Alexandra Hills man who have each been charged with accessory after the fact to murder.
It’s understood Sikorksy will plead not guilty to murdering the teenager, with ABC reporting his lawyers are expected to claim Larissa died as a result of “misadventure”.
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