Capalaba woman charged with Brisbane man’s weekend murder

Police are investigating the discovery of a man’s body in Capalaba. Bushland at Degen Rd, Capalaba. Photo: Google Street View

Detectives have charged a 32-year-old Capalaba woman with the murder of a 51-year-old Carina man, whose body was discovered in a drainage ditch at Capalaba about lunchtime on Saturday.

The woman will appear in Brisbane Magistrates Court on Monday morning charged with the man’s murder.

Detectives are satisfied no third person was involved in the murder, a police spokesman confirmed on Sunday afternoon.

Police have declined to release the man’s name until the court hearing on Monday.

The man’s identity allowed detectives to begin following “certain lines” of investigation, a police media spokesman said earlier on Sunday.

Detectives were investigating how and when the man’s body was dumped in a drainage ditch on Degen Road at Capalaba.

Two Capalaba residents found the body dumped in a drainage ditch in Degen Road just before 1pm on Saturday as they left their property.

Detective Inspector Owen Elloy told reporters the man had met a “horrible, violent death” but declined to release much information about the crime.

Police Forensic examiners spent the afternoon at the scene, examining the man’s body and looking for weapons and any identification.

The body – with extensive injuries – was found in a roadside drain in Degen Road in a rural acreage section of Capalaba.

While there are homes in the rural acreage area, they are on large blocks of land and back from the street front.

The couple who found the body are still helping Capalaba police with the investigation.

Inspector Elloy said police had set up a command centre at Capalaba Police Station to investigate the man’s death.

Police on Saturday afternoon asked residents if they had heard anything on Friday evening or early Saturday morning.

“They have door-knocked the area, but still not come up with anything to identify him,” a police spokesman said on Saturday afternoon.

Police would not reveal if the man had any identifying information on him when he was found by the two Capalaba residents.

Inspector Elloy gave few details of the likely cause of death, or the extent and location of injuries on the body, referring to the death several times as as “violent”.

He said police would like to talk to anyone who may have seen or heard anything suspicious near Degen Road at Capalaba.

The area backs onto to bush land and an area of wetlands.

Anyone who can help can contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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