Media BARRED from court appearance of 17-year-old accused of killing pregnant couple in Alexandra Hills

The case of a 17-year-old charged with murdering a Brisbane couple in a crash on Australia Day has been introduced earlier than a court once more, however media have been shut out of the proceedings.

{The teenager}, who can’t be recognized, was held in custody after his first appearance in Brisbane Youngsters’s Court final month.

His case was set for point out in the identical court on Monday, however requests for media to attend proceedings have been refused.

The Logan boy is accused of murdering Kate Leadbetter, 31, and Matthew Area, 37, because the couple have been strolling their canines on Australia Day.

Police allege the 17-year-old boy ran a crimson gentle in a Landcruiser and collided with a truck at an intersection earlier than the 4WD rolled and ploughed into the couple who have been crossing the street.

Matt Field and Kate Leadbetter
Matt Area and pregnant associate Kate Leadbetter have been killed whereas crossing a street in Brisbane. Credit score: AAP

They each died on the scene in Alexandra Hills and it’s alleged the teenager fled earlier than stealing a set of keys from a close-by home.

He was then arrested by police after being disturbed by the resident.

Police consider the Landcruiser was stolen from a house in Cleveland earlier that afternoon.

The 17-year-old was charged with two counts of homicide in addition to offences referring to harmful driving whereas underneath the affect of an intoxicant, failing to fulfil duties on the scene of a crash, wilful harm and housebreaking.

After an earlier appearance he was remanded to reappear by videolink in March.

A 17-year-old boy, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, has been charged with the murders of Kate Leadbetter and Matty Field.
A 17-year-old boy, who can’t be recognized for authorized causes, has been charged with the murders of Kate Leadbetter and Matty Area. Credit score: Fb

The boy was then required to seem on Monday after being charged with extra offences by police.

However Justice of the Peace Rosemary Gilbert stated she would refuse requests by the media to attend Youngsters’s Court proceedings.

She dominated that reporting on the case may very well be prejudicial for {the teenager}.

Flowers positioned by dozens of individuals stay on the crash website some weeks after the couple died.