Man charged with burning brother alive to stay behind bars

UPDATE August 28 2017, 9:30am: The man charged with killing his own brother inside a Nerang home will spend at least another month behind bars.

Ethan Clarke, who did not appear at Southport Magistrates Court this morning, had his matter adjourned until September 29.

The 22-year-old is charged with murdering his older brother Reece.


It’s alleged he doused him in petrol while he slept in his bed, before setting him alight, around 1.30am on Saturday.



EARLIER @ August 26 2017, 6:00pm: A MAN in his 20s is tonight behind bars charged with murder after he allegedly burnt his older brother alive in a horrifying attack on the Gold Coast.

The dreadful scenes played out at the family home on Bushmead Street in Nerang around 1.30am on Saturday.

Ethan Clarke, 22, is alleged to have soaked his 26-year-old brother, Reece, in fuel before setting him on fire.

Reece suffered life-threatening burns to his chest, pelvis, face, thighs, and arms and was rushed to the Gold Coast University Hospital in a critical condition.

Barely breathing and clinging to life, he was then flown to the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital.

Sadly though, Reece’s burns were too severe and he couldn’t be saved. Police confirmed in a statement he succumbed to his injuries and passed away in hospital on Saturday morning.

Speaking to reporters, Detective Senior Sergeant Mark Proctor said Reece’s burns were “as bad as they get”.

“It’s a horrific event,” he said. “… it’s a very traumatic day for [the family], and anyone who attended the address.”

Reece’s younger 22-year-old brother Ethan has been charged with his murder.

He’d allegedly fled the house before police arrived and was arrested in Brisbane around 5.30am.

He’ll face Southport Magistrates Court on Monday.

Both brothers lived at the Nerang home with their 54-year-old mother and father who were also injured trying to extinguish the flames which had killed their oldest son.


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