‘Gruesome’ details emerge about how an elderly man allegedly used an AXE and a belt to murder his wife inside their home before overdosing on drugs
- Robyn Beever, 82, was found dead inside her Varsity Lakes home on Thursday
- Her husband Max Beever was also discovered inside the Gold Coast house
- Police also found an axe and belt at scene they allege was used to kill Ms Beever
- On Friday, police confirmed Beever has been charged with one count of murder
An elderly man murdered his wife with a belt and possibly an axe inside their house on a suburban Gold Coast street, police allege.
Max Beever, 82, has been charged with murder and is under police guard at Gold Coast University Hospital after a suspected drug overdose.
A family member is understood to have made the grisly discovery on Thursday afternoon, when they found the bloodied body of Robyn Beever, also 82, and her husband laying motionless beside her.
Robyn Beever (left) was found dead inside her Gold Coast home on Thursday afternoon. Her husband Max (right) was also found at the residence and has since been charged with murder
Police (pictured at the scene) have charged Mr Beever with murder over Mrs Beever’s death
Sources described the scene to The Gold Coast Bulletin as ‘gruesome’.
Detective Inspector Chris Ahearn would not elaborate further on the injuries or crime scene in detail for ‘operational reasons’, but confirmed an axe and a belt may have been used in the alleged murder.
He said investigators were not looking for any other suspects and added that there was no history of domestic violence with the couple.
Mrs Beever is understood to have suffered from dementia, with some neighbours in the Varsity Lakes street reportedly saying they thought Mr Beevers also suffered from the conditon.
The pair’s small dog named Foxy is being cared for by shocked neighbours who said there was no sign of anything strange in the house.
‘[They were] a very friendly couple, always out in the front yard with their dog, in the garden,’ neighbour Michael Sykes told The Courier Mail.
Police (pictured at the scene) were called to the couple’s home on Gerona Circuit, Varsity Lakes, about 1:30pm on Thursday
Detective Inspector Chris Ahearn (pictured) of Gold Coast CIB said there was no history of domestic violence between the pair
‘We’d see them out in the front yard most days, talking to neighbours. They were very friendly, whole street’s very friendly.’
Initial investigations suggested neighbours did not hear a disturbance at the suburban family home before emergency services were called.
The couple had lived on Gerona Circuit for almost 20 years.
Kamen Nepia, who lives three houses away from the couple, said her family would always wave at them as they passed their home.
‘They always had the garage open and were sitting in there. Like typical old people they were always fussing over their house,’ she said.
Beever will appear in Southport Magistrates Court on Friday, pending hospital clearance.