A financial adviser accused of murdering a Gold Coast spiritual adviser is distressed and surprised by the charges against him, his lawyer says.
A financial adviser accused of murdering a Gold Coast spiritual adviser has sobbed and rocked back and forth in a Brisbane court room.
Trung Ma, 35, kept his back to the media as he briefly faced the Brisbane Magistrates Court on Tuesday, hours after police said they’d found a body at a Brisbane storage facility.
Ma has been charged with murder and interfering with the corpse of Hugo Bonham, a self-described “divine transformational facilitator” who was last seen on the Gold Coast on February 2.
Police believe the body they found on Monday night, at an Indooroopilly storage facility, is that of Mr Bonham.
Ma’s lawyer Michael Bosscher has told reporters his client voluntarily went to the Indooroopilly police station where he was arrested on Monday evening.
He said Ma was extremely distressed.
“It’s come as a surprise to him and he’s very concerned about his future,” Mr Bosscher said outside the court.
Police last week said they feared Mr Bonham was dead after he vanished in early February.
He was last seen on the night of February 2 when he visited his son at Southport on the Gold Coast.
The following day he spoke by phone to a bank as he went about buying another property on the Gold Coast.
The body found on Monday night has been transported to the John Tonge Centre where further examination and formal identification will occur.
Police have been granted a forensic order to carry out DNA testing on Ma.
Ma, a father of one who runs his own business, is yet to enter a plea and has been remanded in custody.
Mr Bosscher says his client is yet to instruct him on whether to apply for bail.