Elderly man in court charged with wife’s murder at Gold Coast home

UPDATE at 10.30am by Rebecca Dakin | An elderly man accused of killing his wife has had his case briefly mentioned in a Gold Coast court.

Max Beever, 82, was charged with the murder after his wife, Robyn was found dead in the garage of their Varsity Lakes home last week.

The couple’s daughter made the horrific discovery after going to check on the pair.


Mr Beever was also found unconscious and remains in hospital undergoing treatment.

There are reports Mrs Beever was suffering from dementia and Mr Beever has Parkinson’s Disease.

He did not appear in Southport Magistrates Court in person on Friday morning and was instead represented by his lawyer, who will argue the incident was not a domestic violence crime.

The matter was adjourned until April 23.

EARLIER at 8.00am by Shanee Dobeson | An elderly man accused of murdering his wife at the couple’s Varsity Lakes home will have his case return to court today.

Robyn Beever, 81, was found dead in the garage of her Gerona Circuit home by her daughter around 1.30pm on February 25.

The woman’s husband, 82-year-old Maxwell Beever, was also found unconscious at the property following an alleged overdose and was taken to hospital.

Detectives suspect the tragic scenes may have been the result of an attempted murder-suicide and have charged the elderly man with murder.

The case was mentioned briefly in Southport Court last week, where it was adjourned until today.

The couple’s devastated three children have vowed to stand by their father, who they say has their “unwavering love and support”.

“Robyn and Max met when they were just 20 years old, and they have been together as a loving couple ever since, for more than 60 years,” the family said in a statement released by Mr Beever’s lawyer Jonathan Nyst.

“They were devoted to each other.

“Naturally, their family has been absolutely devastated by this entirely unexpected and deeply tragic turn of events, and in particular the awful loss of their mother.

“But their greatest concern now is for their aged father, who is not in good health and has not been for a number of years.

“He has their unwavering love and support, and they are fully committed to his welfare.”