An Australian man charged with the murder of New Zealander Tony Williams in Queensland last Christmas is believed to be a jealous former lover of one of the hundreds of women he had slept with.
Mr Williams, formerly of Tauranga, was found dead at the Mermaid Waters unit complex where he lived on the Gold Coast on Christmas Eve last year.
This morning Matthew Cox, 24, appeared in the local court at Port Macquarie, a beachside community just north of Sydney, where it was decided he would be extradited to Queensland to face the murder charge at the Southport Magistrates Court on Saturday, Gold Coast Bulletin reported.
"The arrest of the man is the culmination of a protracted and detailed investigation conducted by the Gold Coast CIB, the Queensland Homicide Investigation Unit and the State Flying Squad, in conjunction with the NSW Homicide Squad, over the last three months,'' Regional Crime Coordinator Detective Superintendent David Hutchinson said in a statement yesterday.
Mr Williams was the lead singer of a band, Sex'N' Chocolate, which played weekly at a local nightclub. By day, he worked as an orderly at Gold Coast Hospital. He reportedly bedded hundreds of women, with police early in the investigation calling for all those women to come forward.
A post-mortem examination found Mr Williams had been beaten about the head and body with a blunt instrument.
Queensland police had begun the extradition process to move Cox to Queensland. It was believed he was a Port Macquarie resident.
Police had been following a particular line of inquiry for weeks leading up to the arrest and it was "a very secret operation'', sources told Gold Coast News.
Mr Hutchinson today refused to comment on whether the murder was related to a love triangle.
Police would also not say whether a weapon had been found.