SYDNEY: A court in Australia Wednesday remanded a woman, charged with the murder of an India-born businessman last month, to custody till the next hearing of the case Nov 5.
The Southport Magistrates Court in Gold Coast city in the Australian state of Queensland remanded Melissa Shaw, 27, to custody for the murder of Shyam Dhody July 5, local media reported.
Dhody, 37, was shot dead while he was in his bed in his home at Gilston, a suburb of Gold Coast city.
Shaw was reportedly Dhody’s partner and had claimed that she found his body after she returned from work the evening of the incident.
On Tuesday morning, police took Shaw to Southport police station in Gold Coast and formally charged her with one count of murder and one count of attempted murder.
Hours later, police arrived at the Prince Charles Hospital in Brisbane to speak to a 32-year-old man, Adam Gooley.
Gooley, who was under guard after undergoing heart surgery, was also charged with murder and attempted murder.
Police had suspected that Dhody’s murder may be linked to an assault on him outside his previous home at the Gold Coast suburb of Molendinar March 26 this year.
Dhody had moved to the Gilston home after that assault.
After making Australia his adoptive country, Dhody had run into major financial problems with banks repossessing several of his properties.
The arrests for his murder came after extensive investigations involving a large police task force.
In her court appearance Wednesday, a handcuffed Shaw appeared bedraggled and showed no emotion.
Shaw has claimed she is not guilty and her solicitor Jason Jacobson has said that his client would apply for bail in the Queensland Supreme Court.
“Ms Shaw has faith that the charges will be discontinued just as soon as the court has an opportunity to examine the evidence in this case,” The Courier Mail quoted Jacobson as saying after Wednesday’s hearing.
According to media reports, police believe Dhody’s murder to be an outcome of a love triangle.
The victim’s two brothers and parents had reached Gold Coast from India July 15 and had made a fervent appeal to the people to help find his killer.
Dhody had arrived in Australia 13 years ago and his wife and two children, aged eight and five, live in India.
The partner of a Gold Coast businessman found shot dead in his bed believes the murder charge against her will soon be dropped.
Handcuffed and wearing the same grey cardigan in which she was arrested, Melissa Lee Shaw, faced court on Wednesday charged with the murder of her boyfriend Shyam ‘‘Sam’’ Dhody.
The bullet-riddled body of the Indian-born property developer was found in the Gold Coast hinterland home he shared with Ms Shaw on July 5.
On Wednesday Ms Shaw was remanded in custody and her case was set for mention again on November 5.
Outside court, her lawyer Jason Jacobson suggested the case against his client was weak.
He said he did not expect Ms Shaw to be in custody by the time of her next court appearance.
‘‘My client still has faith that the charges against her will be discontinued just as soon as the court has an opportunity to examine the evidence in this case,’’ he told reporters.
Mr Jacobson refused to comment on whether he intended to make a bail application with the Supreme Court.
Ms Shaw reportedly told police she found her partner’s body when she returned home.
But the 27-year-old was arrested on Tuesday morning.
Nearly four hours later, she was charged with Mr Dhody’s July murder and his attempted murder in March.
Mr Dhody was allegedly attacked with a crowbar and a concrete pot outside the couple’s former Molendinar home in March, while Ms Shaw and her children were inside.
On Tuesday, Gold Coast detectives travelled to Brisbane’s Prince Charles Hospital where they arrested 32-year-old Adam Gooley, who was being treated for a heart condition.
Mr Gooley – a fruit shop worker from Varsity Lakes – was also charged with one count of murder and one count of attempted murder. He was expected to face a bedside hearing on Tuesday afternoon.
Detective Superintendent David Hutchinson said he would remain in hospital under guard until he was able to be transferred to a secure location.
“It’s been a fairly intense investigation,” Detective Superintendent Hutchinson said.
“We’ve had a large taskforce of police working on the job, and it’s really been the culmination of all the information gleaned over the last six weeks.”
He said Mr Dhody’s family in India had been informed of the progress in the case and was “very appreciative”.
Mr Jacobson said his client was in a “very bad state” on Tuesday.
‘‘She absolutely denies any involvement whatsoever in either of the alleged offences,’’ he said.
Mr Dhody, 37, and Ms Shaw had moved to a new house in Gilston after the March assault.
Detectives long suspected the assault was linked to his death.
During their investigation, police seized a purple 2004 Ford Falcon and raided properties in northern NSW and at Bribie Island, north of Brisbane.
Mr Dhody was declared bankrupt two years ago, and the Australian Securities and Investment Commission began proceedings this year to have his company Roadside Group International struck off.
His parents and brother travelled from India to make an emotional public appeal for information last month.
“The family is shattered and obviously devastated by our loss,” his older brother Sanjeev said.
“It’s really shocking how a person like him could be shot.”
Sanjeev said his brother, who moved to the country 13 years ago, loved Australia and hoped his own two young children would soon join him on the Gold Coast.
– with AAP