More jail time for father and son accused of Gold Coast esky murder

A QUEENSLAND father and son will spend an extra three months behind bars over the torture murder of Gold Coaster Shaun Barker.

Stephen John Armitage and his son Matthew Leslie Armitage were arrested over the 2013 murder in October, charged with murder, torture, deprivation of liberty and interfering with a corpse.

Mr Barker was last seen alive at a service station in Broadbeach in December 2013.


Police allege he was held against his will, assaulted and kept in an oversized esky at Cooloola Cove before he was murdered and his charred remains dumped in the Toolara State Forest.

A forestry worker found his skull in the forest in April this year.

The pair did not appear in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on Monday.

Director of Public Prosecutions, Suzanne Phillips, indicated that DNA analysis and pathology reports were yet to be finalised and handed to the prosecution.

Magistrate Chris Callaghan directed that the full brief of evidence be disclosed on or before January 26, 2015.

No application for bail was made and each defendant was remanded to appear on February 9 for committal mention.