Murder charge: Queensland forensic police along with NSW police inspector Greg Moore (right) at the scene on the side of the Bruxner Highway in Girard State Forest where a woman’s body was found.
Murder charge: Queensland forensic police along with NSW police inspector Greg Moore (right) at the scene on the side of the Bruxner Highway in Girard State Forest where a woman’s body was found.

Family speaks out on Quirk murder

A MAN accused of murdering Amanda Quirk, whose body was found west of Drake on Thursday morning, will remain in custody until his next court appearance.

Christopher James Swan, 36, was charged with murder following Ms Quirk’s disappearance from the home she rented in Dudleigh Street at Booval, Queensland, earlier this week.

Outside the court yesterday, Ms Quirk’s sister Lisa Quirk and half-sister Hayley Lappin gave an insight into their emotional pain.

“I just wish I was able to say goodbye – I hadn’t seen her for a long time,” Lisa said.

The case sparked a two-state police investigation.

It was believed Amanda, a disability pensioner, was killed at her home late on March 31 before being driven across the border and dumped.

Lisa said she and her family were struggling to come to terms with the shocking news of her sister’s death.

“Today I’m just trying to keep strong for Amanda, I’m trying not to let her down,” she said.

“She didn’t deserve to die like this. She was taken so violently.

“My mum was supposed to be here today but she couldn’t do it.”

Worried about her sister’s disappearance over Easter, she visited her sister’s home, where Amanda took in people down on their luck.

“There were so many messed up people in that house coming and going,” she said.

Ms Lappin said she came to court because she needed to see Swan in person and was disappointed he was not brought into the courtroom.

“I need to see his face, that’s why I’m here,” she said.

“All Amanda wanted to do was help. She was only on a pension.”

Swan was not required to appear in Ipswich Magistrates’ Court during a brief hearing yesterday and no application for bail was made.

Michelle Anna Mondientz, 32, who is believed to have also lived in Amanda’s home, was charged with being an accessory after the fact to murder and appeared in court on Thursday.

Swan and Mondientz are scheduled to next appear in court on May 19.



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