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Brian Johnston, Alleged Of killing Mother-of-three Wakes From Coma



Police visited Brian Earl Johnston at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital where he has been under guard and in an induced coma for 10 days.

Ms Wilkinson’s burned body was found in the rear of a Gold Coast house on April 20 while Johnston, 34, was located nearby shortly after, police say, suffering serious burns to his hands and airway.

Johnston’s lawyer Chris Hannay confirmed to NCA NewsWire police had formally charged his client with murder of the 27-year-old mother on Friday.

He said he instructed Johnston, who was heavily medicated and struggling to talk, not to be interviewed.

“I saw him this morning, with two police officers, and wanted to talk to him and confirm what has happened so far with his charges and was told he had been charged with murder,” Mr Hannay said.

“Police wanted to interview him but we obviously rejected that as he wasn’t in any position to do an interview.

Kelly Wilkinson’s body was found in the backyard of a house at Arundel on the Gold Coast. Her estranged husband Brian Johnston has been charged with murder. Picture: FacebookSource:Supplied

“He was able to speak to me in a whisper, obviously his throat is sore and I understand he has been out of a coma since yesterday and was coherent.

“He nodded and whispered ‘yes’, and police had informed him he had been charged with murder and he said ‘yes’, but made no comment about it and he didn’t even mention the incident to me.

“He was wrapped up like a newborn baby and he was really in a bad way and highly medicated for pain.’

Mr Hannay said Johnston wanted to retain him as his representative.

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It is likely to be a week before Mr Hannay will be able to see Johnston again.

“He is going to in there for a while and, when I say a while, he’s not going to be out for the next week or so,” Mr Hannay said.

“He’s in custody and for all intents and purposes he is in jail.

“He is in no fit state to talk and I’ve asked him to contact me when he is and I will make the appropriate application to see him through corrections.”

Mr Hannay said no questions were put to Johnston and it was an “advisory” conversation and police cautioned him.

Johnston was given watch-house bail on other charges a week before Ms Wilkinson’s death and was due to face court on four serious matters on Friday (April 30).

In the weeks leading up to her death, family members said Ms Wilkinson had contacted police at least twice to complain about Johnston.

Natalie Wilkinson, one of Kelly’s three sisters, said she drove the 27-year-old to the police station “almost every day” to report alleged breaches of the court order.

“I would drive her to the police station almost every day to make breaches and reports and still nothing had moved any further,” Natalie told Seven News in the days after her death.

It was deemed Johnston’s alleged actions did not breach the conditions of a court order, Assistant Commissioner Brian Codd said.

“There was some contact made by Kelly with the police subsequent to an order,” Commissioner Codd said.

“Attention was drawn to police about the concerns raised about fearing for her safety and articulating her concern that he hadn’t been kept in custody.

On the same day Johnston was charged a vigil was held on the Gold Coast in honour of Ms Wilkinson and Lordy Ramadan.

Hundreds of domestic violence survivors and allies gathered at rallies around Queensland to mourn the women, allegedly murdered at the hands of their partners.

Dressed in black and armed with a single red rose, mourners gathered in the Gold Coast, Brisbane, Cairns, Townsville, Mackay and Ipswich, bowing their heads in a minutes silence to pay their respects to Kelly Wilkinson and Lordy Ramadan, and to rail against a system leaders say ‘failed’ them.

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Hammed Tajudeen is the editor in-chief of Blaze News, holds Higher National Diploma(HND) in Mass Communication, graduated from Osun State Polytechnic, Iree.

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