THE man accused of murdering former Sunshine Coast chef Peter Milos has made a brief appearance in court.
James Thomas Howell, 35, cut a forlorn and dishevelled figure during his brief court appearance on Thursday in the Brisbane Magistrates Court.
Mr Howell sat with his back to the public gallery and faced the wall for the majority of the hearing.
He was not required enter a plea or address the court.
Defence lawyer Adam Magill said outside court his client would be contesting the murder charge.
Homicide detectives arrested Mr Howell on Wednesday morning at his home in the Brisbane suburb of Morningside.
Detective Acting Superintendent Damien Hansen said police had identified Mr Howell from CCTV footage near Mr Milos' house.
He was a person of interest from an early stage of the investigation.
It is understood strong evidence which included forensic testing and CCTV helped police mount their case to lay the murder charge.
A female friend found Mr Milos' badly beaten body on May 6 in the garage of a house in Key St, Morningside.
It is understood he was house-sitting the property at the time of his death.
Mr Howell was remanded into custody.
He will appear in the Brisbane Magistrates Court again on July 21.
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