Body In Barrel Accused Zlatko Sikorsky A No Show In Court
He has been charged with 18 offences.
The man accused of murdering Brisbane teenager Larissa Beilby, whose body was discovered inside a barrel, will be fighting the murder charge laid against him, his lawyer said.
Zlatko Sikorsky, 34, did not appear at his first court hearing at Maroochydore Magistrates Court on Monday after being charged with murder and misconduct with a corpse.
Detectives have since laid 16 additional charges against the 34-year-old including possessing weapon and drug offences, dangerous operation of a vehicle and two counts of possessing tainted property.
His lawyer Brendan Ryan said he intends to fight the murder charge -- not the additional charges -- claiming Larissa may have died due to misadventure.
“I absolutely believe he is innocent, and I’ve been doing this a long time,” Ryan told Ten News.
“I think if the police do their job, they’ll discover he didn’t commit murder."
“If they dot their Is and cross their Ts, they will discover that he didn’t do anything and rather she may well have passed through misadventure.”
Police launched a homicide investigation after 16-year-old Beilby’s body was discovered inside a barrel in Stapylton, south of Brisbane, on Wednesday.
She was reported missing the day before and had not been seen since June 15.
Police making inquiries into her disappearance on Wednesday tracked a black ute from a property in Buccan to Stapylton where they made the discovery.
Forensic testing confirmed the remains were those of Larissa, but detectives are awaiting the results of an autopsy to reveal cause and time of death.
Superintendent Mark White confirmed on Sunday police had been “actively trying” to find Sikorsky, who was “in a relationship” with Larissa.
His arrest followed 27 hours of negotiations after he was tracked down to a unit complex on the Sunshine Coast on Saturday.
Detectives have stressed the investigation has “a unique set of facts” and is ongoing.
“Information is still vital to this investigation,” Detective Inspector Damien Hansen said on Sunday.
Two others, 40-year-old Tracy Ann Thomson, of Palmwoods, and 28-year-old Joseph Geiger, of Alexandra Hills, have been charged with accessory after the fact to murder.
Thomson did not appear in court on Monday and made no application for bail, while Geiger’s case is yet to be heard.
Sikorsky’s case was adjourned for committal in Beenleigh Magistrates Court on September 3.