Teen charged with Rockville man's murder held in custody
UPDATE: Teenage murder accused Max Peter Smith was brought into Toowoomba Magistrates Court dressed in watch house issue brown track suit and with both hands bandaged.
The tall, slim 19-year-old with short copped brown hair avoided the gaze of the court room gallery which was filled mainly with journalists of various media and looked up at the ceiling and away from proceedings during the brief mention of the matter.
Duty solicitor David Burns had initially told the court his client was not required to be brought into court as he was simply seeking an adjournment.
However, Acting Magistrate Roger Stark said the accused should be in court to be formally charged and so Smith was brought up from the watch house.
Mr Stark formally charged him with the murder of Jake James Lasker at Toowoomba on November 7.
Because the Magistrates Court has no jurisdiction to grant bail to a defendant accused of murder, Mr Burns said no application for bail would be made and asked for a four-month adjournment so forensic examiners could complete their investigations and a police brief of evidence prepared.
Mr Stark therefore remanded Smith in custody and adjourned the case for committal mention back in the same court on February 21 next year.
Smith will not be required to attend court for that mention.
TODAY 8.30AM: A Glenvale teenager has been charged with murder after the discovery of a man's body at Rockville yesterday.
Police were called to the Hogg St residence where they discovered the body of 19-year-old Jake Lasker with lacerations to his neck and torso.
Mr Lasker had only recently been given the all-clear after a battle with eye cancer.
A 19-year-old Glenvale man has been charged with murder and is due to appear in the Toowoomba Magistrates Court this morning.
TODAY 5AM: A Rockville couple has been shattered by the stabbing death of their 19-year-old son at the family's home yesterday.
The teenager sustained multiple stab wounds during an attack at a Hogg St residence about 3pm and died before emergency services arrived.
Paramedics also treated a teenager who presented at the nearby IGA at the intersection of Tor and Hogg St with knife wounds to his hand.
His connection to the incident was unclear last night.
Detectives blocked a section of Hogg St yesterday afternoon and established crime scenes at the residence and outside IGA. Police have launched a murder investigation.
Toowoomba Police District Detective Inspector Darren Smith said police received information at 3.05pm about an assault.
"Police are currently treating this matter as suspicious," he said.
Family and friends of the teenager posted online tributes to him last night.
An aunty wrote: "I can not believe that some low life has murdered my beautiful nephew in Toowoomba...he would never have hurt anyone in his life. RIP babe, we will never forget you."
Two men were assisting police with their inquiries last night.