Neighbours find murdered artist

PALE and dressed in pyjama bottoms, Merridee Virginia Reynolds fronted court yesterday charged with the murder of a 35-year-old Biloela man.

Reynolds, 32, appeared briefly before Magistrate Damian Carroll in the Gladstone court and had her case adjourned until May 29 for a committal mention.

She is charged with the murder of Graham Peter Moore between 2.30am and 3am on Wednesday at the White Cockatoo Caravan Park in Biloela.

Duty lawyer Brian Begg appeared for Reynolds and said she had been granted legal aid, which would be administered via Brisbane.

Mr Begg asked for a six-week break, but police prosecutor Senior Constable Brad Reynolds asked the court for an adjournment of eight weeks.

After the hearing, Reynolds calmly bowed to Mr Carroll before returning to police custody.

Police said Mr Moore's body was found by a male resident of the caravan park on the floor inside the caravan about 3am on Wednesday.

He had a wound to his neck.

It is believed the man rushed to Graham's van after hearing a woman's scream pierce the early morning air.

Graham's good friend Caroline Tannock described him as a “lovely guy” and loving father to his son, 16.

“He only just bought his son a car at Christmas time,” she said.

“He loved his son and did everything for him.

“He also loved to fish - he'd just bought a boat and was beginning to get his life together.”

Graham was also an award-winning artist. He opened his first individual exhibition, Mooreart, at the Walter Reid Cultural Centre in Rockhampton in 2006.

Graham, a crane driver, had lived alone at the White Cockatoo Accommodation Park for the past 12 months, but had been a Biloela resident on and off for about nine years.

Ms Tannock said she became good friends with Graham eight years ago when he lived at the Boomerang Caravan Park, where she lives.

“Every day we would see each other - he was a lovely man.”


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