A young woman accused of murdering Moe man Jarrad Lovison will spend Christmas behind bars after police stunned her legal team with an epic brief of evidence.
On Tuesday, Samantha Grace Guillerme abandoned all hope of applying for bail and instead will languish in jail.
Seven-foot-tall Mr Lovison was last seen riding his bike near Moe in country Victoria on April 16.
Samantha Grace Guillerme is accused of murdering a Moe man
The body of Moe man Jarrad Lovison (left) was found in May a month after he went missing
Guillerme was arrested after police searched a property in Moe and was remanded in custody to return to court on January 7
The next day, Guillerme shared a photo on her social media page of her dog at the Lyrebird Forest Walk about 60km to the south of Moondarra.
Alongside the photo she wrote the caption ‘today’s adventure’.
Mr Lovison’s body was found on May 23 in the same area.
Guillerme’s bail application was brought before the Supreme Court of Victoria by her barrister John Desmond, who promptly withdrew it before the matter even got underway.
Mr Desmond, who has been a criminal barrister in Melbourne for decades, said the police summary of evidence against his client read like ‘War And Peace’.
The respected barrister further called on the court to impose a gag order on the hearing in an attempt to stop any of the allegations against his client being published before her trial.
Police have charged three other men over the alleged murder of Mr Lovison.
Justice Paul Coghlan agreed it was probably a good idea to delay the bail application considering the size of the brief of evidence compiled by homicide squad detectives against Guillerme.
‘I understand that Mr Desmond. I think it’s fair to say you’ve been overtaken with a volume of material about the case itself by service of the hand-up brief,’ Justice Coghlan said.
‘I accept the wisdom of the course that you seek … I must say, even from my own point of view, I mean the amount of work that was involved in the reading of the whole summary even – it’s a pretty big task by comparison with other cases.’
Mr Desmond told the court he had brought on the application under ‘significantly different circumstances’ than what his client now faced.
‘It’s War And Peace that summary,’ Mr Desmond said. ‘It is a heavy read.’
Police have refused to publicly reveal any of the circumstances of the alleged case against Guillerme and her co-accused.
Barrister John Desmond is representing Guillerme
The chilling Instagram post from accused murderer Samantha Grace Guillerme (pictured above)
Samantha Grace Guillerme (pictured above) has been remanded in custody until January 7 in relation to the murder of Jarrad Lovison
Jarrad Lovison, 38, went missing in mid-April but his remains were discovered by detectives in Moondarra, near Moe in Victoria’s Gippsland region
Their alleged connection to the petite blonde for now remains unknown.
As do the reasons they found themselves to be charged alongside her with murder.
Mr Desmond said Guillerme had done hard time behind bars where she was forced to endure two weeks of 23-hour a day lockdown during the COVID-19 pandemic.
‘She’s in a very sensitive, traumatic state never having been in custody before in her life,’ he said.
It remains unclear when or if Guillerme will attempt another shot at bail before her trial next year.
For locals, the arrest of Guillerme over the murder of Mr Lovison rekindled haunting memories of the Jaidyn Leskie murder in 1997.
Jaidyn was just a baby when he vanished from his mum’s home on Narracan Drive, Newborough, just outside of Moe, late on June 14, 1997.
Mr Lovison grew up in the very same suburb of Moe, Newborough, as Jaidyn Leskie, who was just one when he disappeared.
His body was found on May 23 in bushland in Moondarra – about 125km east of Melbourne and north of Moe.
Guillerme was arrested after detectives searched a property on Coalville Rd, Moe – where a white Toyota was seized as part of the ongoing police investigation.
Her alleged accomplices – a 28-year-old man, a 47-year-old Moe man and a 44-year-old Trafalgar woman.
Guillerme had worked at a cafe just around the corner in Trafalgar before she was put out of a job by the COVID-19 pandemic.
She had been a good employee who had been let go with regret.
Trafalgar is a textbook country town, with a short main street with just a few shops still open.
Samantha Grace Guillerme will spend Christmas behind bars
Jaidyn Leskie was just one when he vanished from his home just outside of Moe in 1997. He was found dead six months later
Greg Domaszewicz was charged with the little boy’s murder, but was found not guilty. The case has haunted Moe ever since
Locals were understandably shocked when they heard that the friendly barista from the nearby cafe had been charged with murder.
‘We couldn’t believe it when we heard that,’ a man from a neighbouring shop said upon her arrest.
‘She was only a little thing. We can only imagine she was getting around with the wrong crowd … it has that whole feeling of the Jaidyn Leskie thing all over again.’
The man was not alone in that sentiment, with several locals mentioning the tragic unsolved case.
Word had already got around that three other men had been picked-up by police over the alleged murder of Mr Lovison.
‘We all know their names, but we’ll just let the police do their thing,’ another local said.
Mr Lovison, or ‘Lovo’ as he was known around town, had been living in and about Moe his whole life.
By most accounts, he was well liked in the area despite his rough and rugged appearance.
Mr Lovison’s family is said to be relieved that police have finally made some charges over the death of their son.
Sleepy Hollow: The town of Trafalgar where Samantha Grace Guillerme worked at the local cafe before COVID claimed her job
Mr Lovison was riding his bike (pictured) the night he mysteriously disappeared. Police are investigating a report the bike was seen resting against a tree in Tanjil South, north of Moe, on April 18
Mr Lovison was last spotted in Moe, Latrobe Valley. A close friend of his said the arrest was ‘a long time coming’