Robyn Beever’s daughter discovered her mother’s bloodied body inside the garage of the Varsity Lakes home at 1.30pm yesterday during a visit to check on the elderly couple.
The victim’s husband Max Beever was taken to the Gold Coast University Hospital where he remains in a stable condition and under police guard.
Overnight, he was charged with murdering his wife.
Detective Inspector Ahearn said the elderly man is “in a distressed state” and has refused to be interviewed by police.
He declined to detail any medical conditions the 82-year-old may have, but said “the physicality of that gentleman is something that continues to be under investigation”.
He noted that the toxicology results would likely “give us a clearer picture on what might have gone on”.
Neither Mr Beever nor his wife have any criminal history and this is the first time they have had formal contact with police.
The crime scene at Gerona Circuit home will likely remain in place into tomorrow, as investigators comb the home for objects that may have been used during the alleged attack.
An axe and a belt are among the items found at the property currently undergoing forensic examination.
The post mortem of Ms Beever’s body, expected to be conducted today, will provide a more exact time of death but Detective Inspector Ahearn said it is believed Ms Beever likely died yesterday, or possibly as far back as 6pm the night before.
Detective Inspector Ahearn has called for anyone who was in the area during that time to come forward, especially anyone who may have heard anything that may assist investigators.
He described Ms Beever’s death as “a tragic incident with a tragic outcome”.
“Our thoughts go out to the family and friends of this woman,” he said.
The couple’s daughter who discovered the body is “extremely upset” and is being provided with support.
Mr Beever’s murder charge was heard in Southport Magistrates Court today, with the court hearing he remained in hospital and was unable to appear.
No application for bail was made and the matter was adjourned until next March 5.
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Source: 9News | World News