Accused of murder, Gladstone man shows no emotion in court

A GLADSTONE man faced court today on a charge of murder.

Anthony Lee Smits appeared calm as he fronted the Gladstone Magistrates Court this morning.

Magistrate Jeffrey Clarke arraigned Mr Smits on three charges; one count of murder, one count of robbery with actual violence while armed and in company and one count of fraud and dishonestly obtaining property from another.

Police responded to an altercation at 6.20pm on Monday night on Auckland St in South Gladstone. Gladstone man Andrew Vesey-Brown, 23, was taken to hospital where he was pronounced deceased shortly before 7.30pm.

There were no facts of the alleged offence presented because a bail application for a murder charge cannot be heard in a magistrates court.

The accused was represented by defence lawyer Cassandra Ditchfield, who agreed to have her client's bail revoked.

Mr Smits will remain in custody to be back before court for a mention on September 4.


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